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Paterno (2018)

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Critic Consensus: Paterno, elevated by deft direction from Barry Levinson and a strong Al Pacino performance, presents a hard-hitting dramatization of a gut-wrenching real-life story.

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Starring Al Pacino in the title role, the drama centers on Penn State's Joe Paterno in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal. After becoming the winningest coach in college football history, Paterno's legacy is challenged and he is forced to face questions of institutional failure in regard to the victims.

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Cast

Al Pacino
as Joe Paterno
Riley Keough
as Sara Ganim
Kathy Baker
as Sue Paterno
Greg Grunberg
as Scott Paterno
Annie Parisse
as Mary Kay Paterno
Larry Mitchell
as Jay Paterno

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All Critics (35) | Top Critics (16)

Brilliant as ever, [Al] Pacino is the master trickster who manages to both demonize and humanize Paterno.

April 19, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
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Mr. Levinson lays this out with considerable skill and energy.

April 9, 2018 | Full Review…

It speaks to viewers with disparate reactions, but it also speaks to anyone who didn't dig into the scandal at the time by outlining what happens when we are too quick to defend the famous faces instead of those claiming to be victimized by them.

April 9, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Unfortunately, no amount of makeup or prosthetic noses can hold [Al] Pacino back for long, and his growl is so loud sometimes that it overpowers the vision of the wounded god Paterno became.

April 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Al Pacino's Paterno is so convincing, and eerily lifelike it becomes necessary from time to time, to remember that this isn't the actual coach

April 6, 2018 | Full Review…

Yes, it's interesting to watch Paterno's end as his family tries to rally around him, but there are too-few glimpses of Penn St. in his heyday, when he and others conveniently looked the other way.

April 6, 2018 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Paterno

Child abuse, ethics and morality and idolatry are the major themes that run through Barry Levinson's movie Paterno. Framed through the Pulitizer Prize winning investigative work of Sara Ganim (Riley Keough) director Barry Levinson juggles all these themes and delivers a credible film dedicated to detailing the what did Penn State football coaching legends Joe Paterno know about the actions of serial child rapist Jerry Sandusky and when did he know it. Performances all around are excellent. Place Al Pacino's performance as one of his finest.

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