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Good Night, And Good Luck Reviews

October 14, 2006
A solid achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 24, 2006
It's a modest but powerful affair, and a fantastic mood piece.
December 9, 2005
... it telescopes -- with no loss of accuracy -- Murrow's last few fifties hurrahs as the hardest diamond in Bill Paley's 'Tiffany network.'
October 29, 2005
Rarely moving a facial muscle except to exhale smoke and brimstone, Strathairn wonderfully recaptures Murrow's deadpan delivery style.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 29, 2005
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 | Original Score: 2/4
October 28, 2005
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 | Original Score: 3/4
October 28, 2005
Good Night, and Good Luck may be simplified history, but it's almost consistently well-crafted.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 21, 2005
The best film of the year. More important, it's one of the most patriotic movies ever made.
Read More | Original Score: A
October 21, 2005
The bottom line on Good Night, and Good Luck? See it. Now.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 21, 2005
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 | Original Score: 4/4
October 20, 2005
Mr. Strathairn does capture much of Murrow's formal manner, particularly the measured cadences of his sentences.
October 20, 2005
A sleek broadcast journalism procedural.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 14, 2005
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 14, 2005
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
October 14, 2005
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.
Read More | Original Score: B+
October 14, 2005
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 | Original Score: 4/4
October 14, 2005
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 14, 2005
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 14, 2005
See it, to see what the news once was -- and to see what movies can be.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
October 14, 2005
I'm betting David Strathairn, who plays Murrow with a sense of wry self-awareness, will be nominated for an Academy Award.
Read More | Original Score: B+
October 14, 2005
There's no doubt that the movie gives Murrow his due as one of broadcast journalism's last great figures.
October 13, 2005
Mr. Clooney doesn't sacrifice story and theme for sermonizing, which is perhaps Good Night's most impressive feat.
Full Review | Original Score: A
October 13, 2005
Clooney, who gained weight to play Murrow's producer, Fred Friendly, has made a solid film and his sense of humor remains intact.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 13, 2005
We're not sure if Strathairn is playing Murrow or channeling him. Either way, we're impressed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 13, 2005
Stirring yet understated.
Read More | Original Score: B+
October 13, 2005
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 11, 2005
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.
October 8, 2005
A merely good movie.
October 8, 2005
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
October 7, 2005
The film, therefore, is like a child's view of these events, untroubled by complexity, hungry for myth and simplicity.
October 7, 2005
George Clooney's second directorial outing couldn't be more topical, though the events it chronicles occurred over half a century ago.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 7, 2005
Part drama and part civics lesson, Good Night, and Good Luck is an entertaining slice of American political and cultural history.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 7, 2005
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
October 7, 2005
A passionate and rousing piece of filmmaking -- a civics lesson with the punch of a good melodrama.
October 7, 2005
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.
October 7, 2005
A hermetically sealed period piece so intensely relevant to our current state of affairs that it takes your breath away.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 6, 2005
Good Night, and Good Luck couldn't be more unlikely, more unfashionable -- or more compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 5, 2005
In his second outing as a director, Clooney expertly evokes the revved, split-second drama of the early days of live TV.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 4, 2005
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.'
October 3, 2005
Clooney's account of Murrow's historic assaults on Senator Joseph R. McCarthy, in 1954, imitates many of Murrow's best qualities.
September 30, 2005
In ninety-three tight, terrifically exciting minutes, Clooney makes integrity look mighty sexy.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 23, 2005
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.
September 23, 2005
The biggest little movie of the year -- and one of the best ever about the news media.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
September 22, 2005
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
By far the smartest American film released in 2005.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
September 21, 2005
This is a mesmerizing film from start to finish, directed by Mr. Clooney with admirable self-assurance, and a miraculous 90 minutes.
September 2, 2005
A vital chapter of mid-century history is brought to life concisely, with intimacy and matter-of-fact artistry.
September 2, 2005
[A] gripping slice-of-life docudrama.