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The Post Reviews

February 1, 2018
The Post was exciting because everyone onscreen and in the audience embraced the premise that the Post had news to tell that would turn the world on its ear. Sometimes at home watching TV I'm not sure what news is any longer.
January 12, 2018
Streep is superb. What else is new?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 12, 2018
The people deserve the truth and not to be lied to, but "The Post" shows that is easier said than done, and it's harder than just writing a story and sending it to the presses.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 11, 2018
In an era in which journalistic outlets are increasingly accused of delivering "fake news," this film is a reminder that few things are as precious - and vital - as the truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 11, 2018
While physical newspapers may not be as much a part of American life as they used to be, the occasional films about their publication - such as "Zodiac," "State of Play," and "Spotlight" - continue to enthrall. Now, "The Post" can be added to the list.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 5, 2018
Spielberg offers a tight, lucid and highly satisfying account of the Pentagon Papers from the point of view of the Post and its publisher, Kay Graham.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 4, 2018
The standout is Bob Odenkirk as Ben Bagdikian, the kind of old-school reporter who wears out the soles of his shoes tracking down a scoop.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 4, 2018
It's a great watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 4, 2018
This is a story about taking risks, about putting the good of the country before your own. It sounds corny and clichéd, but even in Spielberg's hands it doesn't come off that way.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
January 4, 2018
A blunt reminder that everything in this story concerning a craven, paranoid president's loathing of an aggressive free press did not exactly vanish with the Nixon administration.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 4, 2018
If the intention was to send audiences out feeling inspired about journalism and its function in a republic, consider that mission accomplished.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 4, 2018
This is Spielberg back in "Lincoln" territory, making historical figures more mythic by making them seem more human.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 3, 2018
"The Post" tells of a great moment in journalism - and a great moment in one remarkable woman's life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 28, 2017
The Post is so on the nose for the political moment that at times it almost seems it might have been produced not by Spielberg, but by some high-end marketing firm.
Top Critic
December 28, 2017
It's melodrama, but effective.
December 22, 2017
The Post was made for this moment, in more ways than one.
December 22, 2017
[Streep's] hesitations, rue, and ultimate valor are soul-deep. Graham's victory over her fears does not come lightly, but when it does, it's definitive.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 21, 2017
Propulsive major studio cinema made with a real-world purpose in mind, it's a risky venture that succeeds across the board.
December 21, 2017
Mr. Spielberg, a shrewd entertainer who can be waylaid by moralism, rarely lets virtue drag this movie down.
December 21, 2017
Streep is revered for her great-lady acting, but she's always freshest, and most alive, in comedy. Her performance here is terrific because it's a whirlwind eddy of both.
December 21, 2017
Steven Spielberg's drama about journalism under fire is so timely it's practically a headline itself. Fine work from Streep and Hanks throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 20, 2017
"The Post" may be all-too-easy Oscar bait, but it's as satisfying and polished as you'd expect.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 20, 2017
A much bigger hats off to the movie as a whole, a commercial feature film that focuses on a core concern of our time... and the unforced beauty of Meryl Streep's performance.
December 20, 2017
It's a politician's nature to keep secrets. It's a journalist's job to expose them. And, as "The Post" reminds us, we're all better off when it's the journalist who gets the job done.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 19, 2017
Thank God for the owners, it ultimately says, who sometimes do the right thing. That's a perfectly fine idea, but our times could use something sharper.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 19, 2017
Every time The Post threatens to slide into pure, pretentious melodrama, the talent of someone involved pulls it out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 18, 2017
Although prone to occasional sermonizing, The Post offers a stirring reminder of the importance of these kinds of unsung heroes in protecting the American way of life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 18, 2017
Steven Spielberg's tense, terrific new drama, with Streep and Hanks at their finest, celebrates the passionate bond between a free press and every thinking human being, however diminished the species in Trump's America.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 14, 2017
The film portrays this period as a golden era for journalism. In many ways it was a golden age, but the real heroes were the whistleblowers and reporters, and that's no slight to the real risks editors and publishers like Bradlee and Graham took.
December 13, 2017
... "The Post" is meat and potatoes Spielberg in the best possible way.
December 11, 2017
Nothing is more promisingly solid, to the moviegoer, than a major Spielberg production. You can foretell everything from the calibration of the craftsmanship to the heft of the cast, and "The Post" inarguably delivers.
December 7, 2017
"The Post" works on many levels, from polemic and thinly veiled cautionary tale to fun period piece and rip-roaring newspaper yarn.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 6, 2017
It's a joy to see Streep and Hanks play together, big movie stars locked into each other's fields of gravity.
December 6, 2017
There's topical, there's timely, and then there's The Post, which feels less like a historical thriller set in 1971 than it does an exhilarating caricature of the year 2017.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
December 6, 2017
A pile of muck (old muck, too) with no rake, Steven Spielberg's National Board Of Review-approved Nixon-era newspaper drama The Post lacks the exact thing it glorifies: a reporter's instinct for story.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Top Critic
December 6, 2017
Remarkably, The Post manages to trace all of these angles and to plunge deeply into several. More than that, it gets the big picture right and a lot of the details, too.
December 6, 2017
It makes for a supremely gripping story - filled with government secrets, meetings in dark rooms, late-night shouting matches and a race against the clock, all framed against a group of dogged professionals doing their job ...
December 6, 2017
Offers suspense and rich characterizations to an all too timely examination of the importance of a free press and of the constant obligation to speak truth to power.
December 6, 2017
Pulses ahead like a detective yarn for news junkies, one that crackles with present-day parallels.
December 6, 2017
The beauty of Streep's performance (and it's one of her best in years) is how she lets you see her grow into the responsibility of her position. She elevates The Post from being a First Amendment story to a feminist one, too.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 6, 2017
Spielberg is now 70 but has scarcely lost a step; The Post possesses the same energy and vigor as the films he made decades ago.
December 6, 2017
The Post is an inspirational reminder of the importance of a free press while unabashedly making journalism look like the most awesome job ever - akin to what Raiders of the Lost Ark did for archaeology.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4