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Good Night, And Good Luck (2005)

Good Night, And Good Luck


Average Rating: 8.1/10
Reviews Counted: 216
Fresh: 201
Rotten: 15

Critics Consensus: A passionate and concise cinematic civics lesson, Good Night, And Good Luck has plenty to say about today's political and cultural climate, and its enseble cast is stellar.

Average Rating: 8.2/10
Reviews Counted: 48
Fresh: 46
Rotten: 2

Critics Consensus: A passionate and concise cinematic civics lesson, Good Night, And Good Luck has plenty to say about today's political and cultural climate, and its enseble cast is stellar.


Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 141,403


Movie Info

In the mid-1950's Edward R. Murrow and his producer, Fred Friendly, help bring an end to the tyranny of the blacklist and the House Un-American Activities Committee's anti-Communist hearings. With the platform provided by his CBS News program "See It Now," Murrow challenges Joseph McCarthy on his claims that hundreds of avowed Communists are working covertly as Soviet spies in the U.S. government, among other allegations, and that they have the power to destroy lives and careers.

PG (for mild thematic elements and brief language)
Directed By:
Written By:
George Clooney , Grant Heslov
In Theaters:
Mar 14, 2006
Box Office:
Warner Independent Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Good Night, And Good Luck

All Critics (216) | Top Critics (48) | Fresh (201) | Rotten (15) | DVD (26)

A solid achievement.

Full Review… | October 14, 2006
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

It's a modest but powerful affair, and a fantastic mood piece.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

... it telescopes -- with no loss of accuracy -- Murrow's last few fifties hurrahs as the hardest diamond in Bill Paley's 'Tiffany network.'

Full Review… | December 9, 2005
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

It's an interesting way to represent the past, though the use of space, actors, and archival footage seems more theatrical than cinematic.

Full Review… | October 29, 2005
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Rarely moving a facial muscle except to exhale smoke and brimstone, Strathairn wonderfully recaptures Murrow's deadpan delivery style.

October 29, 2005
San Jose Mercury News
Top Critic

Clooney continues to improve as both a writer and director, showing huge advancement from his underwhelming 2002 helming debut Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.

Full Review… | October 28, 2005
Toronto Star
Top Critic

By its end, "Good Night, and Good Luck" evolves into a prophetic vision of how television and film can be used to illuminate or insulate, educate or entertain.

Full Review… | January 31, 2014
Movie Mezzanine

Untethered to any post-TV era is a conclusion that America gets too comfortable with the mental inactivity it enables. Edward R. Murrow's titular signoff begins as a trademark and ends as a challenge to a medium - one too often unmet today.

Full Review… | September 24, 2010

Lean study of the quandaries of asking questions in the media, and of crafting a political film in Hollywood

Full Review… | September 1, 2009

A film that will live on for years, because it bears a message about dissension, and the power of the press. A power that's faded.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Provocative, principled and richly detailed, this is compelling stuff. Emotionally itā(TM)s a little dry, but as brain-food, itā(TM)s absolutely invigorating. George done good.

Full Review… | February 27, 2008
Empire Magazine

Dignified, intelligent filmmaking for liberal grown-ups.

Full Review… | February 27, 2008

Scrupulously journalistic, sometimes to its credit, sometimes to its deficit as a movie.

Full Review… | February 14, 2008

Good Night is not your average historical recreation. It doesn't dumb-down its story or its characters with needless explanation for the benefit of an under-educated audience.

Full Review… | July 14, 2007
Big Picture Big Sound

proves that it is still possible in the cinema, if not in television, to inform without being boring and entertain without condescending.

Full Review… | July 6, 2007
Eye for Film

bez obzira na plemenite namjere svojih tvoraca, ipak ne zaslu%u017Euje "Oscara", jer je iznevjerio visoke standarde objektivnosti koje pripisuje svom junaku.

Full Review… | June 21, 2007

Having your heart in the right place doesn't quite compensate for keeping your mouth somewhat shut and turning the volume down to an ideological whisper.

Full Review… | February 10, 2007
WBAI Web Radio

Clooney's excellent film uses the past to make today's media and their audiences address their responsibilities.

Full Review… | January 20, 2007
Observer [UK]

... a timely reminder of the consequences of failing to balance national security with personal liberties... (believability is) what really comes through on the screen...

Full Review… | December 30, 2006

It's both a crafty little picture and a forthright one -- a neat trick.

Full Review… | November 11, 2006
The Nation

David Strathairn is terrific and with George Clooney's passion for his subject, they make [i]Good Night[/i] a satisfying comparison between the past and the present.

Full Review… | September 26, 2006
Cinema Sight

Many will see it as a cautionary tale: Don't let anyone else do your thinking for you. The truth is the thing. Cherish it and defend it.

August 25, 2006
Christianity Today

more interested using the movie medium as a pulpit from which to pontificate...political beliefs rather than in telling a dramatically engaging story

Full Review… | August 24, 2006
Cinema Writer

That it's a film both timely and timeless goes without saying. Yet Clooney is too canny a storyteller to let didacticism obscure the complexities of Murrow's character.

Full Review… | July 1, 2006
Sydney Morning Herald

Audience Reviews for Good Night, And Good Luck

Forgetting the flaws stylistically moves to the relevance of the film, which seems 100%. The performance of David Strathairn as our key character matches up directly with the image that comes to mind when we try to imagine a 1950s broadcast journalist: straightforward and strictly serious. Furthermore, there is the smoking, which in this film, may be a bit too noticeable. If one were to gather this filmā(TM)s entire ninety minutes and splice out every second that did not present cigarette smoke wafting its way through the air, I guarantee the spliced-out footage would not add up to a mere sixty seconds. The fact that the more recent MPAA certified such a smoky with a PG rating and failed to include the word āsmokingā? in the explanation, is purely ridiculous.

Alexander Diminiano

Super Reviewer


A brilliant depiction of a controversial chapter of American history. Wonderful direction quick script and an excellent performance by David Strathairn. Contains tiny little flaws such as; parts of the plot are a little unclear-other than that well worth the watch.

Sarah Gaish

Super Reviewer

"We will not walk in fear of one another."

Broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow looks to bring down Senator Joseph McCarthy.

Good Night, and Good Luck is a brilliant piece of film making, a film that recreates a period in American history when gossip mongers and fear exploiters took the lead for a terrifying few years that threatened to extinguish civil rights forever. Not unlike now! And that is one reason this film carries so much resonance: the story of the bravery of popular news reporter Edward R. Morrow (David Strathairn) and his associates Fred Friendly (George Clooney), Joe and Shirley Wershba (Robert Downey, Jr. and Patricia Clarkson), William Paley (Frank Langella) and the crew at CBS is one that begs for re-creation in the way the news is reported, analyzed, and serves the rights of the public to be truly informed.

The story is the 1950s McCarthyism Communist Hunting that terrified the country unchecked until Morrow et al challenged the Senator's accusations and methodology by simply quoting the statements McCarthy made in the television series See It Now. Morrow and his associates did not elect to smear McCarthy: they instead elected to bring to the public's quivering attention just what the sick mind of McCarthy was doing to innocent people. It was an act of bravery on Morrow's part and on the part of everyone connected with See It Now.

George Clooney continues to impress as a quiet, subtle voice who doesn't seek the limelight for his brilliant mind, but rather uses it to enter the arena of emerging patriots - the good kind. He wrote the script with Grant Heslov after much research and investigation and then gathered a gifted crew of actors (including himself) and directed the film using the atmosphere of black and white photography (credit cinematographer Robert Elswit) in the almost exclusively interior claustrophobic set of the television station to give the ring of honesty that pulsates this story to its powerful end. Strathairn is brilliant as Morrow, but then so are all the cast members in this ensemble effort.

Lorenzo von Matterhorn

Super Reviewer


An interesting study into serious journalism with the sparring over ideas between the articulate broadcaster Edward Murrow and commie-hunter Senator McCarthy and Murrow's belief in the importance of airing such information rather than using television to distract, delude, amuse and insulate us. Other than that the story is pretty thin and the drama somewhat lacking, a bit more docu than drama.

Ross Collins

Super Reviewer

Good Night, And Good Luck Quotes

Joe Wershba:
Mr. Murrow is a true blooded American, everyone knows that.
– Submitted by Lucas B (16 months ago)
Jessie Zousmer:
The senate's investigating McCarthy!
– Submitted by Lucas B (17 months ago)
Edward R. Murrow:
You always were yellea.
Fred Friendly:
Yeah well it's better than being red.
– Submitted by Lucas B (17 months ago)
Edward R. Murrow:
Good night, and good luck.
– Submitted by Abdulmalik A (2 years ago)
Edward R. Murrow:
Good night, and good luck.
– Submitted by rob g (3 years ago)
Edward R. Murrow:
We will not walk in fear, one of another.
– Submitted by rob g (3 years ago)

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