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The Post (2018)



Critic Consensus: The Post's period setting belies its bitingly timely themes, brought compellingly to life by director Steven Spielberg and an outstanding ensemble cast.

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Steven Spielberg directs Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in The Post, a thrilling drama about the unlikely partnership between The Washington Post's Katharine Graham (Streep), the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks), as they race to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades and four U.S. Presidents. The two must overcome their differences as they risk their careers - and their very freedom - to help bring long-buried truths to light. The Post marks the first time Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg have collaborated on a project. In addition to directing, Spielberg produces along with Amy Pascal and Kristie Macosko Krieger. The script was written by Liz Hannah and Josh Singer, and the film features an acclaimed ensemble cast including Alison Brie, Carrie Coon, David Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Paulson, Jesse Plemons, Matthew Rhys, Michael Stuhlbarg, Bradley Whitford and Zach Woods.

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Tom Hanks
as Ben Bradlee
Meryl Streep
as Kay Graham
Alison Brie
as Lally Weymouth
Carrie Coon
as Meg Greenfield
David Cross
as Howard Simons
Bruce Greenwood
as Robert S. McNamara
Tracy Letts
as Frederick "Fritz" Beebe
Bob Odenkirk
as Ben Bagdikian
Sarah Paulson
as Antoinette "Tony" Bradlee
Jesse Plemons
as Roger Clark
Matthew Rhys
as Daniel Ellsberg
Michael Stuhlbarg
as Abe Rosenthal
Bradley Whitford
as Arthur Parsons
Zach Woods
as Tony Essaye
Stark Sands
as Don Graham
Jessie Mueller
as Judith Martin
Jon Donahue
as Bertram Plain
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Critic Reviews for The Post

All Critics (320) | Top Critics (43)

The Post was exciting because everyone onscreen and in the audience embraced the premise that the Post had news to tell that would turn the world on its ear. Sometimes at home watching TV I'm not sure what news is any longer.

February 1, 2018 | Full Review…

Streep is superb. What else is new?

January 12, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The people deserve the truth and not to be lied to, but "The Post" shows that is easier said than done, and it's harder than just writing a story and sending it to the presses.

January 12, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

In an era in which journalistic outlets are increasingly accused of delivering "fake news," this film is a reminder that few things are as precious - and vital - as the truth.

January 11, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

While physical newspapers may not be as much a part of American life as they used to be, the occasional films about their publication - such as "Zodiac," "State of Play," and "Spotlight" - continue to enthrall. Now, "The Post" can be added to the list.

January 11, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

The roll-up-the-sleeves-and-dig-in attitude is a joy to watch; the multitude of self-righteous monologues are anything but.

January 8, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Post


Steven Spielberg has been a household name for decades and you can always tell that there's a unique filmmaker at the helm when you watch his films. The Post is his latest outing and that statement hasn't diminished one bit. Once again putting the story and characters before anything else (even though that's all this film really needs), he has always proven to be the very best of the best. For such a slow-paced movie, having such a simple premise, The Post moved along at a brisk pace in my opinion. Using dialogue as the action of the movie has always been a love of mine when it comes to storytelling. While not as rapid-fire as a film written by Aaron Sorkin, The Post is a film that I didn't find myself bored by in the slightest. I was intrigued from start to finish and here's why I must recommend it. Following the uncovering of certain government secrets that had been kept hidden for many years, Kay Graham (Meryl Streep) leads the Washington Post, as Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks), the editor in chief of the paper, sets out to do whatever is necessary in order to be the first newspaper to publish this article, even if it means risking their empire altogether. The premise itself is really quite simple, but it really comes down to how well-acted this film truly is. Everyone involved was truly a revelation here. It goes without saying that both Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks are both legends when it comes to performing in front of cameras. Say what you will about certain films that either one of them may have done that you disliked, but there's no denying that they pretty much put all they have into every one of their roles. So, that being said, the supporting cast really needs to up their game in order to compete with the best, and each an every one of them also shine here. This movie is stacked with talent ranging from a Bob Odenkirk to Bruce Greenwood, to newcomers like Jesse Plemons, but if you're given the opportunity to act on the set of a Spielberg movie, are you really going to deny it if you have a free schedule? So, needless to say, this entire ensemble deserves an award. While watching this film unfold, I found myself looking back on the film Spotlight, which took Best Picture at the Oscars two years ago. This movie has the same form of pacing and dialogue that that film has and upon research after watching The Post, I realized that the same writer in Josh Singer had worked on both of these screenplays, which made complete sense. Joined by a fairly new screenwriter in terms of feature films, Liz Hannah definitely proves herself as a worthy writer as well. The calm atmosphere that surrounded this film was the one aspect that I found myself falling in love with. When a movie manages to keep a very slow pace and still suck you in, then it's done its job right. The Post, in the end, is an intensely-written drama that takes its time and uses your patience as a tool to have you feel inspired by the end. Not that this film has a story that's all that enthralling in terms of excitement, but if you read between the lines as each scene moves along, then the bigger picture will start to appear. From the wonderful direction by Spielberg to the outstanding performances by the entire cast, to terrific writing by Hannah and Singer, this is a fantastic drama that's held together by a solid score by composer John Williams. The Post is one of the better movies of 2017 and I highly recommend checking it out.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

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Such high hopes of this movie being the film of year and yet greatly disappointing. I also feel 'The year of the Women' has now filtered into every mainstream medium that its starting to get tedious, especially considering it holds no relevance to this era and story.

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

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I thought this was going to be a dry film with big names for critics to slobber over. I was wrong. This movie didn't just use big names to advertise, it showed us why the names Streep, Hanks, and Spielberg carry as much weight as they do. All three deliver and the screenplay/story is equally gripping. Not to be overlooked, Bob Odenkirk does a great job alongside Hanks. This one set the bar high and reaches it.

Sanjay Rema
Sanjay Rema

Super Reviewer

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