Richard Jewell Reviews

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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.
December 11, 2019
Paul Walter Hauser gives us the soul of a man that deserved respect even before he did something heroic, but one that people might never have noticed.
December 11, 2019
A compelling account of a hero smeared by the media, though Eastwood's film treats one real-life reporter almost as badly.
December 11, 2019
The film makes a sobering point about the danger of rushing to judgment and trial by media, but undermines that with its ham-handed approach to key parts of the story. In the balance, Richard Jewell remains worth seeing.
December 11, 2019
It's a good movie. It's also a flawed one. And in this case more than most, it's hard to separate those two things.
December 11, 2019
Jewell... is no longer here to tell his story, and Richard does that very well; it's just a shame that his truth has come at the cost of another's.
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