• R, 1 hr. 50 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Robert Benton
    In Theaters:
    Dec 23, 1994 Wide
    On DVD:
    Sep 9, 2003
  • Paramount Home Video


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Nobody's Fool Reviews

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Michael Sragow
New Yorker
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The movie is both a star vehicle and an ensemble piece; the other actors revolve around Newman yet give off more than just his reflected light.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

October 29, 2013
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
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We love to see our movie gods play flawed souls, especially a god with a face that looks like one on a Roman coin.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

October 29, 2013
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Robert Benton has made Nobody's Fool, a return to the finely humanistic spirit that made his Places in the Heart and Kramer vs. Kramer' so popular.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor

October 29, 2013
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Moviegoing holds few pleasures greater than watching an established star completely inhabit a role that exactly suits his personality and abilities. And seeing Paul Newman in Nobody's Fool defines that pleasure.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

October 29, 2013
Caroline Westbrook
Empire Magazine

Nobody's Fool is an unprecedented treat, populated with charming, believable characters and a parting shot so beautiful even the hardest of hearts will melt helplessly at its sight.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

October 29, 2013
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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Nobody's Fool is funny at times and as cuddly as an old teddy bear. But this movie is being taken far too seriously in some circles.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

October 29, 2013
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
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While watching Robert Benton's sublime adaptation of Richard Russo's novel, it's hard to avoid the realization that movies like this have become an endangered species.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 4/4

October 29, 2013
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

Director Robert Benton captures the droll eccentricity of small-town life without any of the usual phony preciousness.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 29, 2013
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The principal pleasure of this film directed by Robert Benton is that its characters are carefully drawn and developed rather than applied like so many decals on a two- dimensional wintry landscape.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 29, 2013
Leah Rozen
People Magazine

Over time, the rhythms of small-town life and the eccentricities of its residents can grow on you. That's exactly what happens as you watch this sharply observant movie.

Full Review Source: People Magazine

October 29, 2013
John Ferguson
Radio Times

An old hand at this kind of heart-warming fare, Benton doesn't swamp it with sentimentality, allowing the crumpled charisma of Newman to effortlessly carry the drama.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 4/5

October 29, 2013
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Newman clearly owns the part of Sully, but there is nary a false or uncertain note struck by anyone in this ensemble cast.

Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

October 29, 2013
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun

The movie feels oddly phony from its very core outward.

Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: 2/4

October 29, 2013
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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For better and for worse, it's still a Hollywood movie (and a white boys' movie to boot), but one with a more alert eye and feeling for American life than most of its competitors.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

October 29, 2013
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Not much of a plot? Don't be fooled. The best thing about a story so subdued, so contained -- at least when it's done well, and Fool is done exceptionally well -- is that, in the quiet, we can really hear the characters breathe.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

September 7, 2011
Todd McCarthy
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Fronted by a splendid performance from Paul Newman... Robert Benton's character-driven film is sprinkled with small pleasures; the dramatic developments here don't take place in the noisy, calamitous manner that is customary these days.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 26, 2009
Gary Brown
Houston Community Newspapers

The tagline for Nobody's Fool was 'Worn to perfection.' That sums up the life and acting career of Paul Newman.

Full Review Source: Houston Community Newspapers | Original Score: 4/4

September 22, 2008
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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By giving his movie a very effective realistic look, by helping his actors to shape strongly believable performances, even when they are doing implausible things, Benton lends credence to...inspirational fibs.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

August 12, 2008

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Paul Newman's Oscar-nominated performance and Robert Benton's solid, unobtrusive direction combine to create a resonant if unsurprising meditation on growing old in America.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 12, 2008


Gentle, witty and delightful without ever being manipulative, Nobody's Fool is adult entertainment of rare quality.

Full Review Source: Film4

August 12, 2008
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