A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Reviews

October 15, 2019
I blubbed quietly throughout the entire movie. Although that could have been the sleep deprivation.
September 13, 2019
But just as Mr. Rogers used his show to talk about big issues with children in a tone that was softer and more halting than you'd expect, so does Heller stick to understatement in a way that threatens to become dull or sappy but never does.
September 13, 2019
With clear-eyed rigour, Heller, Hanks and Rhys put aside cheap sentiment and earn this film's authentic heartfelt emotion.
September 11, 2019
Tom Hanks fits the red sweater like he was born in it, but Marielle Heller's unique take on Fred Rogers' magnetism exceeds impersonation.
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September 10, 2019
Heller, fresh off the sharp Can You Ever Forgive Me?, is the one mediating their communion, steering it away from schmaltz and into more honest and ...Rogersian sentiment.
September 9, 2019
Hanks is, not surprisingly, excellently cast, but it's Heller's direction and inventive aesthetic instinct - everything is washed out browns, with the exception of a moving blue-lit finale - that sell the work so well.
September 9, 2019
It ought to make you roll your eyes - except that Mr. Rogers had a way of disarming doubters who fell into his orbit, and the film does, too.
September 9, 2019
Hanks, comfortable in his twinkly-eyed wheelhouse, is properly supportive -- it's a supporting role -- while Rhys becomes the movie's little boy, diving into his own daddy issues, hopefully resolving them in time to write the big heroic cover story.
September 8, 2019
While Hanks avoids attempting to awkwardly replicate Rogers' voice - although he does nail his cadence - he focuses on exuding the same bewitching, patient curiosity that Rogers had in the people he met.
September 8, 2019
Nearly impossible not to L-I-K-E it, exactly as it is.
September 8, 2019
But this is no straightforward biopic, and for that we can probably be glad.
September 8, 2019
Hanks feels so right in the role from the beginning.
September 8, 2019
This sweet, unassuming movie has deeper sensibilities lurking beneath its surface, just like Rogers himself.
September 8, 2019
Heller brings her usual wit and playfulness to proceedings, side-stepping mawkish sentimentality in favour of matter-of-fact pragmatism.
September 8, 2019
Marielle Heller's film itself, however, is a rather more modest achievement, sympathetic and yet entirely predictable in its dramatic trajectory of making a believer of an angry, cynical journalist.
September 8, 2019
"A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" is a lovely, soft-hearted fable that works on you in an enchanting way.