The Post Reviews

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February 21, 2020's a handsome film that has an economy of storytelling that most other filmmakers simply can't match. Yet it takes a good 45 minutes to build up a real sense of momentum, and we never feel the sense of existential terror...
January 7, 2020
The Post should be a clarion call for the US media to do better, instead of an ode to its apparent infallible nobility. I found that the film was undone by its self-congratulatory message.
December 29, 2018
Too focused on plot -- the film looses the character threads. But every scene Meryl Streep is in comes to life, leaving a hole every time she's not on screen.
March 16, 2018
Too much of a slam dunk for Streep and Hanks, this fabled newspaper story is headed for the B section.
March 13, 2018
Democracy dies in darkness, sure, but if Spielberg really wanted to make a movie about the fate of journalism in America, he should have made one about the founding of USA Today in 1982.
March 4, 2018
Spielberg feels like he's just passing through, managing the setups, giving a few notes to the actors, then leaving the rest to the crew while he goes to supervise the edit of Ready Player One.
February 16, 2018
What you expect they will do... they do.
February 7, 2018
The pic's transparent award season aspirations create an impassable fissure between subject matter and charisma.
February 5, 2018
There's no doubt that the free press plays an essential role in a democracy, and the timeliness of this picture can't be disputed. It's just too bad Spielberg doesn't trust his audience enough to let them come to those conclusions on their own.
February 2, 2018
It is a strong and important story, but as a film the execution is stagy, convoluted for the first hour, and it doesn't pay enough attention to its leading woman's narrative.
January 25, 2018
It's clear there is nothing brave about making a film about events from the past that are a bit like now. It is cosy cinema for gentle head shaking. As effective, politically, as leafleting for Hillary Clinton in Williamsburg.
January 19, 2018
This picture, in an era of Facebook-funneled feeds and 24/7 hype-cycles, turns out to be a far newsboy's cry from that classic.
January 19, 2018
It's an earnest, timely(TM), important(TM), awards-season(TM) prestige picture(TM)...
January 19, 2018
The Post is a snootily white-collar movie faking common-man virtues. . .[it] validates the slippery slope that brought us to today's shameless media partisanship.
January 18, 2018
A film about rushing to meet a deadline that feels like it was made that way.
January 17, 2018
Unfortunately, the narrative doesn't make the significance as apparent as it should.
January 14, 2018
The balance doesn't sit right and the most exciting elements of The Post remain off-screen. The film has measured surface and technical values, though there is little flair in Janusz Kaminski's cinematography and its texture feels cold and clinical.
January 11, 2018
[Meryl] Streep doesn't play her as a crusader; twice Kay walks into boardrooms, a lone woman among grim men, making no impression.
January 11, 2018
[Spielberg] has misjudged the effect of his sermon, and has the wrong idea about what we need now. The choir is preached to; those deaf to such matters will continue to ignore. Such a feeble cry of outrage isn't really relevant at all.
January 11, 2018
The message was perhaps better served in a whisper, instead of with a megaphone.
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