Richard Jewell Reviews

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January 21, 2020
Bates and Rockwell bring the film to life, but this tale of a falsely accused bombing suspect was a mess. The reporter who broke the story, played by Wilde, oozes sex and not much else. Eastwood tried to save one reputation by ruining another.
January 10, 2020
[Eastwood's] lack of directorial flair and the flimsiness of its finale ultimately means Richard Jewell doesn't make the impact it could and really should have made.
January 7, 2020
Paul Walter Hauser is the only reason to see this film. What we are witnessing with Hauser is the emergence of a riveting actor who dominates every scene he's in, not with force, but with sheer, unadulterated talent.
January 4, 2020
Richard Jewell can barely survive the level of muck that gets raked across it.
December 31, 2019
An anti-media, anti-FBI diatribe that shows the biases of the US right wing.
December 30, 2019
Trite melodrama, preachy grandstanding and superficial, skewed countenance of collective, generally perceived American identities or institutions.
December 27, 2019
Given the effort by Eastwood and Ray to set history right in how we remember Jewell, their misrepresentation of Scruggs is an incongruous, and from a plot perspective, lazy misstep that mars an otherwise worthy endeavor.
December 27, 2019
Richard Jewell was an American hero, but the film named after him is more concerned with making reporter Kathy Scruggs an ambition-chasing villain in a too-tight skirt.
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.
December 22, 2019
Rather than even squint in the direction of the national mood and place the story within its proper context, director Clint Eastwood and scripter Billy Ray set their sights squarely on the usual boogeymen.
December 21, 2019
It's a decent actor showcase, but Richard Jewell does little to illuminate this story and why we should care about it today.
December 19, 2019
To be honest, this is a story in which nearly everybody involved - including Jewell - comes off looking like an incompetent fool.
December 19, 2019
["Richard Jewell"] does a disservice to the young security guard who loved law enforcement and only wanted to save people's lives. Whatever his motivations, [Clint] Eastwood draws attention away from Jewell, which fragments the movie.
December 19, 2019
Without an honest script, this historical drama can't help but feel artificial.
December 17, 2019
"Richard Jewell" is a competent piece of filmmaking, but it's also an irresponsible and thinly veiled propaganda piece, and I'm not the least bit cool with that in 2019.
December 17, 2019
There is a movie to be made about this true-life story of an innocent man convicted in the public sphere on bias rather than evidence. This is not that movie.
December 16, 2019
Jewell, to its credit, is anchored by one of the more complex heroes in Eastwood's canon. But I'm still not certain it finds the most cutting or convincing path through this story.
December 16, 2019
Eastwood has crafted a movie that sits alongside our current moment of journalistic inquiry, though it doesn't have much to say.
December 16, 2019
Some decent moments and performances, but the character assassination of Kathy Scruggs all but ruins it.
December 15, 2019
Barely better than the Wikipedia page describing the plot.
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