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May 19, 2018
A timelessly important movie about media's relevancy and influence, "Good Night, and Good Luck" is intriguing in every sense of the word.
½ April 19, 2018
the clooney-directed (and starring) newsroom-political drama about edward r. murrow in the 50s, is clever and intelligent. the casting is average with some great acting (but with george clooney being george clooney), and there is a lot to learn from this story, shown in black-and-white. looks and is timeless.
February 27, 2018
This is a great and passionate film thats worth checking out. It is beautifully shot, well-acted, and the dialogue is just fantastic. Great movie about Murrow's actions during the McCarthy trials.
½ February 21, 2018
Look, if you're into this "news room" genre of film, I'm sure you'll have a good time with this one. It's well lit, well acted, well written, and genuinely kind of informative to younger people like myself who weren't familiar with why Ed Murror was so significant. It's also shot in lush black & white to achieve maximum nostalgic effect. That said, when you've seen one of these movies (think Network, The Post, Spotlight, All The Presidents Men AND SO ON), this slides so easily into the middle of the pack that it feels virtually insignificant. And boring. And small stakes. And white.

I did not like it, Sam I Am.
July 16, 2017
With a stellar ensemble cast Clooney deftly delivers a passionate and concise cinematic civics lesson in his second directorial outing. Good Night, And Good Luck proves a masterpiece of intimate dignity. One for the time capsule.
May 13, 2017
Few movies I have seen in the theater and then over and over on DVD through the years have captivated me like this one. The filmography is fantastic as is the narrative and scene setting. This is George Clooney at the height of his powers as actor/activist. David Strathairn is fantastic as Murrow, confident and compassionate in his portrayal. Frank Langella plays Paley just as I had always pictured the CBS boss would be. Langella is one of the great character actors of recent times so it's no surprise how well he excels in this role.
½ May 13, 2017
Superb character study
March 1, 2017
Good Night, And Good Luck is a passionate and concise cinematic civics lesson.
½ February 14, 2017
This film highlights exactly why we need a free press. When the government silences ideas like they did in the McCarthy era, a free press can be an important tool of dissent. This is every bit as applicable to today's political climate as it was to the 1950s.
January 22, 2017
George Clooney's deft direction and a stellar ensemble cast deliver a compelling historical drama that is richly layered.
October 25, 2016
Despite breaking Aristotle's rule about dual narratives (and not quite as artfully as "The Tempest" I might add), the Clooney directorial debut is still a well put together film. A subtle energy exists within the film and the crescendo is small. In effect, it ends the same way it came out and the same way it played out for that matter. The movie allows for the every germane subject matter to be posed to the audience as a question - just as every good political movie will.
September 26, 2016
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.
½ September 19, 2016
If I came in at any particular moment of Good Night and Good Luck I would be intrigued, because it looks amazing (the black-and-white really fits here.) The film certainly appears to be doing something important (telling how Edward R. Murrow took on Senator McCarthy,) and with amazing style and panache. The problem is, the story is surprisingly weak. There are a few scenes when we see Murrow's news reports which are fantastic, and you can see the kind of quality news work it took in order to discredit Senator McCarthy. However there isn't much to this film beyond that. There are some implied tactics used by McCarthy to strike back, but it doesn't amount to much. In fact there was so little story to this film that they padded the run-time with a needless subplot about a secret marriage between two employees at the network. This B-story amounted to almost nothing, and never had any ties to the main plot of the film. The acting was phenomenal, the cinematography was gorgeous, and clearly George Clooney had a real passion for the story. I just wish there was a little more story to be presented. Edward R. Murrow certainly took some chances, and you can admire what he did and how he did it, but this film barely has enough content to fill an hour of screentime (despite the fact that it was padded to make it more than an hour and a half.)
September 11, 2016
There was no need to do this in black-and-white. There were a lot of scenes of people walking around or sitting in different rooms, talking over each other about things that were not always entirely clear, interspliced with archival footage which could be fairly long and boring. The movie was definitely boring and didn't bring me much. I found it confusing, like I had to have known about what was happening beforehand. The movie just ends abruptly as well. It feels pointless, boring, and pretentious. This could have been interesting as a documentary which could encompass more without forcing the audience to sit through boring archival footage. And done in color! It's not like people didn't see in color back then! The only reason to do something in black-and-white nowadays should be budgetary reasons, IMO.
½ September 9, 2016
It's wonderful looking, but I think it should have been longer.
½ August 19, 2016
Basically perfect. In every way. Clooney's writing is so good. Being a huge schmooze doesn't stop you from being great at your craft apparently, damnit.
August 19, 2016
This is my favorite movie. I think it's beautifully shot, expertly acted, clear direction, wonderful soundtrack, and just a prime example of what we can do with the medium. I watch this film whenever I need to remember that we can wn sometimes, even if it's fleeting.
½ August 14, 2016
Uno de los mejores esfuerzos de George Clooney desde la silla de director. El drama real de un paladin de la libertad de expresion deja bien servido al espectador. A destacar la fotografía B/N
½ August 1, 2016
I like when I feel compelled to research about a movies topic afterward. Good movie, good actors. Not so sure about black and white, but it was tolerable.
½ July 15, 2016
A perfectly functional and adequately shocking McCarthey indictment with the thing that elevates it from a standard newsroom drama being not Clooney's smooth screenplay but a real standout performance from David Strathairn who really needs to be hired more.
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