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Nobody's Fool Reviews

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Michael Sragow
New Yorker
October 29, 2013
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.
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
October 29, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
October 29, 2013
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.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
October 29, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
October 29, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 29, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
October 29, 2013
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.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
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 | Original Score: A-
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
March 26, 2009
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.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
August 12, 2008
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.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Benton's quietly superb adaptation of Richard Russo's novel is one of those movies you thought they didn't make anymore.
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Caryn James
New York Times
May 20, 2003
It says everything about Mr. Newman's performance, the single best of this year and among the finest he has ever given, that you never stop to wonder how a guy as good-looking as Paul Newman ended up this way.
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
It's a gem.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
This is a feel-good flick that doesn't look like one -- it's smart enough to hide its smooth polish beneath a scuffed-up veneer.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
It benefits from the confidence of Newman's performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Whatever its faults, it is humble, adult fare and welcome in this age of grandiose children's games.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
The intelligent sensitivity of the script, coupled with Newman's powerfully understated performance, make this motion picture special.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
So eloquently straightforward, it practically sings to the soul.