Paterno

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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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Penn State football coach Joe Paterno becomes embroiled in a sexual abuse scandal.

Cast & Crew

Al Pacino
Joe Paterno
Riley Keough
Sara Ganim
Tess Frazer
Andrea
Annie Parisse
Mary Kay Paterno
Kathy Baker
Sue Paterno
Greg Grunberg
Scott Paterno
Kristen Bush
Dawn Fisher
Benjamin Cook
Aaron Fisher
Debora Cahn
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David McKenna
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Jason Sosnoff
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Lindsay Sloane
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Edward R. Pressman
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Rick Nicita
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Marcell Rév
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Critic Reviews for Paterno

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (28) | Rotten (12)

  • 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…

    Verne Gay

    Newsday
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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…

    Ben Travers

    indieWire
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  • 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…

    Brian Lowry

    CNN.com
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Audience Reviews for Paterno

  • Jul 30, 2018
    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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