Richard Jewell Reviews

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February 12, 2020
This is, frankly, a political film and it's no secret that Eastwood is not exactly on the left, but, ever the pragmatist, he leaves room for multiple readings.
February 3, 2020
It's not Eastwood's finest hour.
January 31, 2020
In many ways, it is a very good story, efficiently told - and that's down to the excellent and very plausible performance from Paul Walter Hauser.
January 29, 2020
Has there been a time since the Man With No Name first rode into town when Eastwood wasn't at the top of his game? Don't believe me? Check out Richard Jewell.
January 28, 2020
A timely story of broken trust in institutions.
December 23, 2019
Richard Jewell is an accomplishment in reminding us that the man was, after all, a hero. The film is a failure in making any larger point.
Top Critic
December 18, 2019
Just when I thought one of the worst movie years in memory was down for the count, Clint Eastwood arrived at the last minute with Richard Jewell, to show us all how great movies are made.
December 17, 2019
Paul Walter Hauser commands the screen.
December 13, 2019
The truth is "Richard Jewell" only pretends to care about the man, and uses him as a symbol to service Eastwood's agenda.
December 13, 2019
Eastwood... has twisted the story to suit his ends. The sad thing is that he didn't need to - he has plenty of good material, and his direction is fluid and unfussy.
December 13, 2019
By keeping the tone from becoming too somber and generating a degree of sympathy for Jewell, Eastwood has crafted an engaging (albeit fictionalized) account of the triumph of ordinary men over the establishment.
December 13, 2019
The story is compelling -- from hero to reviled heel in no time flat. In a jauntier time it might have been raw material for social satire; in our day it's a cautionary tale about abuse of power by the press and government alike.
Top Critic
December 12, 2019
This film about the smearing of an innocent man is itself a hit piece.
December 12, 2019
This is a morality tale - in a good way, mostly - about the vulnerability of the individual citizen in the face of state power and about the fate of a private person menaced by the machinery of publicity.
December 12, 2019
This is a story worth telling, but the way it's told makes no sense.
December 12, 2019
[A] fleet, densely textured drama.
December 12, 2019
Eastwood knows what he's doing here, and he does it well, especially with the casting of Hauser, Rockwell and Bates, excellent actors all.
December 12, 2019
As always... Eastwood's very good with actors, and the central trio of "Richard Jewell" make the film worth watching.
December 12, 2019
If Eastwood had extended the sensitivity it shows to Jewell to others, it might have been worth something more. Instead, it becomes just what it preaches against: a hatchet job.
December 12, 2019
No amount of Eastwood nostalgia can make the questionable message he tries to sell in "Richard Jewell" easier to accept.
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