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Norman (Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer) Reviews

May 10, 2017
Gere, who somehow seems to make himself physically smaller here, creates a character both infuriating and endearing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 4, 2017
"Norman" is a small character study of a classic wannabe - think "The King of Comedy," set in the world of Jewish politics - and when it gets bogged down in international intrigue it loses its way.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 4, 2017
Norman may be a mere wannabe, but "Norman" is a small gem.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 4, 2017
Is Norman a macher, a schnorrer or a mensch? Thanks to the filmmaker's sensitive touch and Gere's sympathetic performance, he gets to be all three. And that calls for mazel tovs all around.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 28, 2017
Gere delightfully soft-shoes his way through Norman, surfacing the character's loneliness without unduly exploiting it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 27, 2017
Gere ... deserves to be remembered at awards time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 27, 2017
For all the shining steel and glass, the movie has the old-world feel of a Jewish folktale, rooted not in a particular time or place but in the moral universe.
April 27, 2017
It offers the qualities of a finely nuanced, funny entertainment with serious moments that are biting without being cruel, poignant without seeming solemn.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 27, 2017
Gere revels in the nuances of the role; in its attention to both detail and larger affect, this really is one of his finest performances ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 20, 2017
Gere's work in Norman is to be treasured. It's one of the best performances in any movie this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 20, 2017
Gere, his Cheshire-cat smile only improving with age, has found his most essential role, one that pushes his smooth operator's desperation to the limit.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 20, 2017
Mr. Gere saves the day, investing Norman with sad, quirky mannerisms and a variety of desperate character revelations that make him tragic and lovable at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 20, 2017
There is no reason anyone should like Norman - in the wrong hands you'd walk out of the theater five minutes after the movie started. But Cedar and Gere make Norman someone you root for, after a fashion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 20, 2017
Gere has never been better, more alive, on screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 20, 2017
Gere, cast against type, couldn't be better. In a career of only good performances, this is one of his best.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 14, 2017
It's an unalloyed pleasure to admire Gere, the former heartthrob now 66, in the finest role of his career.
April 14, 2017
Richard Gere has always been at his best when cast as a species of con artist, and in Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer, he gets a chance to show off his motormouth trickster skills.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
April 14, 2017
In Richard Gere's deft, veteran hands, Norman Oppenheimer is consistently, completely fascinating. You may not be able to root for him, but you can't help but feel for him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 13, 2017
A pretty good movie featuring a very good turn from Gere.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 13, 2017
This delicate, novelistic character study is what more American independent films would be like if more were made by thoughtful grown-ups who gravitated toward nuance and complexity.
April 13, 2017
"Norman" traces fault lines, more cultural and temperamental than ideological or religious, between the members of the diaspora (or at least the New York wing of it) and their cousins in the Promised Land.
Top Critic
April 12, 2017
Cedar is well attuned to the Manhattan-Jerusalem-Tel Aviv nexus. He gets excellent performances from Gere - playing partway against type as a charmer who's unnervingly hot rather than reassuringly cool - and the rest of the cast.
April 12, 2017
The result is a rewarding study of a man trying desperately to escape his own insignificance, and a beautiful, nuanced piece of acting by Richard Gere.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 12, 2017
Gere jabbers amusingly, and there's something touching in his Norman's persistence.
April 12, 2017
Gere tones down his star charisma and hits a new career peak as a Jewish fixer on the ropes in Joseph Cedar's compulsively watchable character study.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
April 11, 2017
This is one of Gere's best performances, somehow both transparent and opaque ...
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 10, 2017
Cedar plays Norman's story for tragedy but never develops his inner identity, his history, or his ideals; the protagonist and his drama remain anecdotal and superficial.
September 4, 2016
It can take a TV series an entire season to establish a political intrigue as elaborate as the one Cedar devises here - and even longer to flesh out such a fascinating protagonist ...