A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

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Much like the beloved TV personality that inspired it, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood offers a powerfully affecting message about acceptance and understanding.

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Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer (Emmy winner Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about empathy, kindness, and decency from America's most beloved neighbor.

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Critic Reviews for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

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  • With so much time devoted to Lloyd's world, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood doesn't have room for any sort of standard arc about Fred Rogers...

    Nov 22, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • This is a movie that's both entertainment and spiritual toolkit-take from it what you need.

    Nov 22, 2019 | Full Review…
  • It's hard not to wish that the story was as consistently good as the man -- and performance -- at its center... The temptation is nevertheless simply to give in to the movie, which is perhaps as it should be.

    Nov 22, 2019 | Full Review…

    Brian Lowry

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  • A kind of gentle and deeply affecting filmmaking that is completely original and reflective of Rogers himself.

    Nov 22, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • A celebration of Mr. Rogers and the healing capabilities of his words and doctrine, the movie may not be a splashy as many of the year-end multiplex stocking stuffers but the experience it offers tugs effectively at the heart strings.

    Nov 22, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Hanks' energy in the role wonderfully gets at what A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood wants to convey.

    Nov 22, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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  • Nov 24, 2019
    As I was watching the sweetly good-natured but somewhat superficial 2018 documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor?, I was left wondering if there could be a big screen story on minister-turned-children's TV host Fred Rogers, a.k.a. "Mr. Rogers." Was there enough material to open up this kind, affirming, gentle man into a three-dimensional character worthy of a deep dive? I'm still unsure after watching A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood with Tom Hanks as Rogers. The filmmakers made the conscious decision to construct a fictional narrative of family strife between a father (Chris Cooper) and his son, Lloyd (Matthew Rhys), a magazine writer. Fred Rogers begins as an assignment for Lloyd and becomes the change agent, pushing Lloyd, in the gentlest and most empathetic manner, to reflect on his anger over his father's abandonment and to work through his feelings and potentially forgive the old man. Like the PBS star, the movie is sweet and optimistic and gentle and just a little bit boring. The film follows a pretty strict formula of catharsis, and while it works it doesn't make A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood feel more than a TV-movie plot attached to a malnourished Fred Rogers biopic. I understand the storytelling difficulties of trying to make a soft-spoken man who isn't given to long-winded speeches a starring role, so it makes sense that his presence would be a catalyst for a family in crisis, basically serving as therapist. Hanks is fitting and affecting, and once again I feel like there are glimmers of a more complex man underneath the persona we'll never be treated to in any big screen examination, like about his struggles raising his own children, his crisis of relevancy late in life. The majority of the movie is a father/son story that is well acted and pretty much fine, and "pretty much fine" is a perfect description of the film as a whole. It's nothing you'll regret seeing and it will generally be uplifting and sincere, but it's basically a 108-minute greeting card. Nate's Grade: B
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