Good Joe Bell

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Good Joe Bell's heartfelt message - and Reid Miller's stirring breakout performance - are unfortunately undermined by formulaic storytelling.

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Critic Reviews for Good Joe Bell

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (14)

  • The drama is well-intentioned - it may very well expand narrow minds - but is also heavy-handed, manipulative, and thin on character.

    September 22, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • [T]he film has its heart in the right place, but its head is foggy and possibly concussed...

    September 18, 2020 | Rating: C | Full Review…

    A.A. Dowd

    AV Club
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  • A film that checks all the boxes for broad demographic appeal, while also just not being very good at what it's trying to do by virtue of choosing a shallow, obvious approach over a complex, character-driven one.

    September 17, 2020 | Full Review…
  • It's a quietly affecting road trip that gets to where it wants to go and may prompt a few tears along the way.

    September 15, 2020 | Full Review…

    Steve Pond

    TheWrap
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  • While formulaic on its face, Green's film resists the sort of obvious cinematic catharsis expected of such a story, resulting in a final product that earns its emotional beats.

    September 15, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

    Kate Erbland

    indieWire
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  • Hardly anything Joe Bell says in "Good Joe Bell" suggests that he understood his son in the slightest, and it's not clear that the filmmakers do either.

    September 15, 2020 | Full Review…

    Peter Debruge

    Variety
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