News of the World Reviews

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January 21, 2021
Tom Hanks stars in this elegiac, episodic Western/road movie, leisurely directed by Paul Greengrass.
January 20, 2021
Tom Hanks' first western/road-movie is a journey worth riding along with + he's got a great company in newcomer Helena Zengel. Themes of identity + sense of belonging are explored well, capped by an emotionally resonant finale.
January 19, 2021
As we saw in Saving Private Ryan and Greyhound, Hanks is a natural at painting men skilled at war who take no pleasure in it. That prior experience with Hanks does a lot of the movie's work.
January 16, 2021
A rough-and-tumble Texas road-trip movie finds the right balance of character insight and bare-knuckled action.
January 16, 2021
Hanks has done it again...expertly directed...
January 15, 2021
Hanks has already shown he's more than capable of carrying an action-heavy film, but News of the World proves he can successfully channel his inner Eastwood as well.
January 15, 2021
It's straightforward, down-the-middle fare. In Greengrass and Hanks' capable hands, however, it's well-executed, hitting aesthetic hallmarks and effective story beats from the first shot to the last.
January 15, 2021
You could do far worse than firing up a Tom Hanks movie to wile away your time.
January 15, 2021
There is violence here, but the warmth of human companionship takes precedence.
January 15, 2021
In an era of "fake news" and "alternative facts," "News of the World" shines like a North star over a Western landscape, saddled with newsprint, hooves galloping toward the truth.
January 15, 2021
In addition to being more timely than it was probably intended to be, News of the World has the feel of a warm blanket on a cold winter night.
January 15, 2021
News of the World is brimming with the grandeur of the Western, given a solid foundation and noble weight through Hanks' performance and its timely message.
January 14, 2021
Kidd is also more of the same for Hanks. There's no real darkness about him, and he seems relatively untouched by his time in the war.
January 14, 2021
It's a sentimental tale, but the quiet simplicity of Greengrass' images helps whenever things threaten to get goopy.
January 13, 2021
Overall, News of the World is a thoughtful and beautifully shot journey of survival. The combined performances of Tom Hanks and Zengel carry the film, creating a strong Western experience.
January 13, 2021
...a Hanks performance where there isn't much surprise in those kindly eyes.
January 12, 2021
Helena Zengel is a marvel. She can be wild in one scene, defiant later, curious the next and emotionally shut down in another. She speaks volumes even without dialogue.
January 12, 2021
Kidd feels like an ancestor of Saving Private Ryan's Captain Miller - a man who is adept at violence but will only use it as a last, mournful resort.
January 12, 2021
Zengel is a fresh spark in an otherwise old-fashioned production, but old-fashioned here is a compliment.
January 11, 2021
What results is not a film that offers up too many surprises, but one that reveres and respects the western genre.
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