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The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee (2017)

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A profile of Ben Bradlee (1921-2014), the executive editor of the Washington Post from 1968 to 1991 who was largely credited with taking down President Nixon in 1974 after the paper broke the Watergate story. The film also chronicles his childhood in Boston, World War II service and early career as a journalist.

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Mostly, though, this is a solid tribute to one of the most commanding forces an old-school newsroom has ever seen.

December 6, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Warm, genial portrait of a great editor, but not much else.

December 5, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
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Chronicling its subject's life and career in fascinating detail, The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee will prove catnip to journalism and political buffs, not to mention anyone who cares about the free press and its role in our democracy.

December 3, 2017 | Full Review…

At the risk of burying the lead, anyone who cares about journalism -- then and now -- won't have any regrets about watching "The Newspaperman" either.

December 1, 2017 | Full Review…
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What's not so expected, what comes as something bordering on shock, of a gratifying kind, is how much else the film takes on in this buoyant and mercilessly frank look at Bradlee's life and career.

December 1, 2017 | Full Review…

Fortunately, though they may not be titanic, there are real journalists still fighting the good fight in the business, in TV, social and digital media, and in newspapers. All of them to one extent or another embody the legacy of Ben Bradlee.

November 27, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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