Nobody's Fool (1994)



Critic Consensus: It's solidly directed by Robert Benton and stacked with fine performances from an impressive cast, but above all, Nobody's Fool is a showcase for some of Paul Newman's best late-period work.

Movie Info

This inspirational drama follows the troubled lives of the residents of a small, dying New York town. The story focuses on Sully, a sporadically-employed 60-year-old construction worker. Just as life seems at its bleakest, things take a turn for the better thanks to a series of small generous acts.

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Benton
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 9, 2003
Paramount Home Video


as Miss Beryl

as Carl Roebuck

as Toby Roebuck

as Peter

as Rub Squeers

as Wirf

as Clive Peoples Jr.

as Judge Flatt

as Charlotte

as Ollie Quinn

as Vera (uncredited)

as Funeral Director

as Horace Yancy

as Garbage Man

as C.W. Lomax

as Lawyer from Albany

as Girl at the Country ...
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Critic Reviews for Nobody's Fool

All Critics (54) | Top Critics (18)

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… | October 29, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

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… | October 29, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

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… | October 29, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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… | October 29, 2013
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

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… | October 29, 2013
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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… | October 29, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Nobody's Fool

PAUL NEWMAN!!! HE'S SO WONDERFUL!!! BUT NOW HE'S DEAD!!! :````~( Okay, enough of that. Wonderfully lived-in movie. I'm okay with this optimistic, uplifting tale because everyone's love of each other is tempered by bitter hatred.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer


It is probably better that I saw this movie after Paul Newman died. There are parts that are pretty cliche, but there are also scenes that are fucking flawless. The supporting cast around Newman is amazing including Bruce Willis who gives one of his best performances in this film. (I also enjoyed seeing Melanie Griffith's assests...nice.) The part that got me the most was the ending which was a great way to think of Newman. It's a simple and well acted film that also features a fresh faced Philip Seymour Hoffman who is fucking hilarious.

Tim Sigur

Super Reviewer

Things seem stuck in a small town here. It's a good set of actors, who don't do much of consequence.

Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

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