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

All Critics (329) | Top Critics (48) | Fresh (314) | Rotten (15)

  • What a difference a day makes, when it's a day as beautiful as this.

    January 31, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A really entertaining and touching film.

    January 30, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It's hard to tune in to the fervent tone of straight-faced sincerity which permeates every scene... If we ever needed proof that our flaws make us human, it's here. Perfection makes dull company.

    January 23, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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...

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

    November 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.

    November 22, 2019 | Full Review…

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Audience Reviews for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

  • Jan 17, 2020
    Not what I was expecting. Better than I was expecting. What a genuinely interesting film, I felt I was given real insight. I have no way of knowing if that's true or not of course, but I felt it, and that arguably matters more when it comes to filmmaking.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 16, 2019
    When it comes to showcasing famous figures in narrative films or documentaries, Mr. Rogers seems to be a very popular one to tackle. Whether you're looking back on the great kids show or watching the documentary from last year called Won't You Be My Neighbor?, he is just a man that makes for a moving story. When I heard they were going to be making a film based on a time in his life and have Tom Hanks portray him, I was completely sold. As far as Hollywood film stars go, Tom Hanks is as close to Mr. Rogers as you can possibly get in my opinion. While aspects of this film may feel predictable, it's undeniably likeable from start to finish.  Following a young journalist in Lloyd Vogel (known as Tom Junod in reality), as he struggles with his anger, his job, and his family life, he is tasked with interviewing Fred Rogers for the magazine that he works for. Not wanting to do it, he begins to realize that this kind-hearted man may be who he has needed all along. From this point on, the film becomes fairly predictable, but some of the best movies out there are predictable as well. I'm not going to overstate my enjoyment of this film and call it a masterpiece by any means, but it really is an enjoyable piece of filmmaking.  It should come as no surprise that a review of this film would include some praise for Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers, but he truly is spectacular as this character. His awards praise is very much warranted and there were quite a few moments where he managed to bring a few tears to my eyes. With that said, I must admit though, Matthew Rhys who plays the reporter in this film was actually out of this world. Having only seen him in a few films before this role, I can officially say that I want to seek out his projects from now on. His commitment to this character made the movie that much more engaging.  After the release of Diary of a Teenage Girl, director Marielle Heller made one of my favourite films of 2018 in Can You Ever Forgive Me?. After really enjoying her debut and loving her second outing, I was very glad to see that she was tackling this movie and she didn't disappoint. Although a very quiet and simple movie, her sensibilities really shined. I will always look forward to her future works from here on out. It's not very often these days when directors really stand out to me, but in terms of indie dramas, Heller is one to keep an eye on.  In the end, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood isn't a film that will ever be known as one of the best films of 2019, but one of the sweeter movies of the years for sure. For those who share the same issues as the central character, this movie will definitely serve as a sort of therapy. It's a very calming movie that will make most viewers smile throughout the majority of the run time. Personally, I found myself relaxed and loving every minute of it, even though I knew where it was going from the very beginning. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood isn't perfect by any means, but it's very, very good and it features some stellar performances.
    KJ P Super Reviewer
  • Dec 15, 2019
    Wanted to love this film 100% and I do for the most part but as much as I admire Tom Hanks only Fred Rogers can play Fred Rogers. Other than that and the contrived subway car scene, "A Beautiful Day..." was indeed very beautiful and fulfilling in its message - love is truly the answer. (12-14-19).
    John C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 13, 2019
    A film about friendship and forgiveness more than a film about Mr. Rogers, it's told through the lens of a friendship with Mr. Rogers. That's really the best way you could do this type of story though I think. Tom Hanks is such a powerhouse icon himself it might be hard to see Rogers through him, but he's so damn good that pretty quickly you just fall into it. The growing friendship is genuine and intriguing as hell. Honestly the best part of the movie is scenes of these two clashing personalities just talking to each other. It's so simple, just a room and two opposing types chatting, and it's riveting as all hell. Seeing Rogers break down his barriers to the human inside is heartwarming and real. It's just a sweet movie, and a fascinating look at what this legend would have been like when the cameras weren't rolling. The answer, it turns out, is not all that different.
    Michael M Super Reviewer

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