• PG, 1 hr. 30 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    George Clooney
    In Theaters:
    Oct 7, 2005 Wide
    On DVD:
    Mar 14, 2006
  • Warner Independent Pictures

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Good Night, And Good Luck Reviews

Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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A solid achievement.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B+

October 14, 2006
Dave Calhoun
Time Out
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It's a modest but powerful affair, and a fantastic mood piece.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Ken Tucker
New York Magazine/Vulture
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... 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 Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

December 9, 2005
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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Rarely moving a facial muscle except to exhale smoke and brimstone, Strathairn wonderfully recaptures Murrow's deadpan delivery style.

| Original Score: 3/4

October 29, 2005
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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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 Source: Chicago Reader | Original Score: 2/4

October 29, 2005
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

October 28, 2005
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Good Night, and Good Luck may be simplified history, but it's almost consistently well-crafted.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

October 28, 2005
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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The best film of the year. More important, it's one of the most patriotic movies ever made.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: A

October 21, 2005
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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The bottom line on Good Night, and Good Luck? See it. Now.

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

October 21, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Clooney's message is clear: Character assassination is wrong, McCarthy was a bully and a liar, and we must be vigilant when the emperor has no clothes and wraps himself in the flag.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

October 21, 2005
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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Mr. Strathairn does capture much of Murrow's formal manner, particularly the measured cadences of his sentences.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

October 20, 2005
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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A sleek broadcast journalism procedural.

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

October 20, 2005
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Clooney makes an elegant argument that something of vital interest is still at stake in this story. It would take a stubborn soul to disagree.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 14, 2005
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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Good Night, and Good Luck stands, tall, solid, impressive and expressive joining not only the best films about journalism, but also those about real Americans.

| Original Score: 4/4

October 14, 2005
Tom Long
Detroit News
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The sad conclusion of Good Night is that while we have made no more room for Murrows in this world, the potential for McCarthys lingers. In which case, good luck indeed.

| Original Score: B+

October 14, 2005
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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As an actor, George Clooney is often compared with vintage stars like Cary Grant, but with his latest work he aligns himself with history's great directors.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

October 14, 2005
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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There's no sense of nostalgia to the picture, no wistful romanticism or longing. Instead, the movie has a steely, dead-serious vitality -- a sense of immediacy and urgency that makes it seem it could be happening right now.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

October 14, 2005
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Do you respect the corporate line or do you cross it? Clooney, who in his life wears the hats both of the entertainer and the 'actorvist,' gives us an intelligent, electric film that knows this question is as timely now as it was for Murrow.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

October 14, 2005
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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See it, to see what the news once was -- and to see what movies can be.

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

October 14, 2005
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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I'm betting David Strathairn, who plays Murrow with a sense of wry self-awareness, will be nominated for an Academy Award.

| Original Score: B+

October 14, 2005
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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There's no doubt that the movie gives Murrow his due as one of broadcast journalism's last great figures.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

October 14, 2005
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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Mr. Clooney doesn't sacrifice story and theme for sermonizing, which is perhaps Good Night's most impressive feat.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: A

October 13, 2005
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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Clooney, who gained weight to play Murrow's producer, Fred Friendly, has made a solid film and his sense of humor remains intact.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 13, 2005
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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We're not sure if Strathairn is playing Murrow or channeling him. Either way, we're impressed.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 13, 2005
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Stirring yet understated.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B+

October 13, 2005
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Part docu-drama, part thriller, and part cautionary tale, the movie offers something to everyone who craves more than escapism from the cinema.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 13, 2005
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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I found it to be one of most intelligent and insightful movies ever made about the television news business and about the profoundly un-American practice of labeling dissenters as traitors.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

October 11, 2005
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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A merely good movie.

Full Review Source: AV Club

October 8, 2005
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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Strathairn's Murrow is poised at the center of this quiet whirlwind and this 'actor's actor' deftly weaves many aspects of the broadcaster's mercurial personality within the movie's tight time frame.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 4/4

October 8, 2005
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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The film, therefore, is like a child's view of these events, untroubled by complexity, hungry for myth and simplicity.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

October 7, 2005
Mike Clark
USA Today
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George Clooney's second directorial outing couldn't be more topical, though the events it chronicles occurred over half a century ago.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 4/4

October 7, 2005
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Part drama and part civics lesson, Good Night, and Good Luck is an entertaining slice of American political and cultural history.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 7, 2005
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Good Night, and Good Luck says two things, at least, and they are worth repeating: There is always the chance for one good man to make a difference. And in 1954, Edward R. Murrow did.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 4/4

October 7, 2005
David Edelstein
NPR's Fresh Air
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A passionate and rousing piece of filmmaking -- a civics lesson with the punch of a good melodrama.

Full Review Source: NPR's Fresh Air

October 7, 2005
Paul Clinton (CNN.com)
CNN.com
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Good Night, and Good Luck will probably need a little bit of luck (and good word-of-mouth) to succeed, but seek it out: It's a terrific film.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

October 7, 2005
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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A hermetically sealed period piece so intensely relevant to our current state of affairs that it takes your breath away.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 7, 2005
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Good Night, and Good Luck couldn't be more unlikely, more unfashionable -- or more compelling.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 5/5

October 6, 2005
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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In his second outing as a director, Clooney expertly evokes the revved, split-second drama of the early days of live TV.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

October 5, 2005
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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Clooney's brilliantly orchestrated and seriously respectful movie can be seen as a grim shoulder tap, lamenting the social irresponsibility of what Gore Vidal likes to call the 'United States of Amnesia.'

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 4, 2005
David Denby
New Yorker
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Clooney's account of Murrow's historic assaults on Senator Joseph R. McCarthy, in 1954, imitates many of Murrow's best qualities.

October 3, 2005
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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In ninety-three tight, terrifically exciting minutes, Clooney makes integrity look mighty sexy.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

September 30, 2005
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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This is serious grown-up entertainment with a sense of history and a sense of style, the kind of picture almost no one knows how to - - or, perhaps more accurately, can find the means to - - make anymore.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

September 23, 2005
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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The biggest little movie of the year -- and one of the best ever about the news media.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 4/4

September 23, 2005
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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George Clooney's film about the CBS newsman Edward R. Murrow is a passionate, thoughtful essay on power, truth-telling and responsibility.

September 22, 2005
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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By far the smartest American film released in 2005.

| Original Score: 4/4

September 22, 2005
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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This is a mesmerizing film from start to finish, directed by Mr. Clooney with admirable self-assurance, and a miraculous 90 minutes.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

September 21, 2005
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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A vital chapter of mid-century history is brought to life concisely, with intimacy and matter-of-fact artistry.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 2, 2005
Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
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[A] gripping slice-of-life docudrama.

September 2, 2005
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