Won't You Be My Neighbor?

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Won't You Be My Neighbor? takes a fittingly patient and honest look at the life and legacy of a television pioneer whose work has enriched generations.

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From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom), Won't You Be My Neighbor? takes an intimate look at America's favorite neighbor: Mister Fred Rogers. A portrait of a man whom we all think we know, this emotional and moving film takes us beyond the zip-up cardigans and the land of make-believe, and into the heart of a creative genius who inspired generations of children with compassion and limitless imagination.

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  • This documentary by Morgan Neville reveals that he really was just what he seemed to be at first innocent sight: a kind-hearted, square but saintly man who genuinely loved and understood children in a pure, sincere way.

    Nov 8, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Not beyond reproach, but a fitting tribute to a pop culture icon.

    Nov 7, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • You don't need to have grown up with [Rogers] to be fascinated and moved by Morgan Neville's documentary portrait, made in a spirit of admiration, which on the evidence presented here seems well-deserved.

    Sep 14, 2018 | Full Review…
  • It's daunting, particularly when we feel we are in the shadow of figures like him, who are seemingly capable of such impossible good.

    Jul 10, 2018 | Full Review…
  • A poignant tribute to the mild-mannered father-figure who served as moral compass to generations.

    Jun 21, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

    Rafer Guzman

    Newsday
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  • "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" doesn't deify Rogers, but it makes a strong argument that as a neighbor, he was one of a kind.

    Jun 15, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Won't You Be My Neighbor?

  • Mar 21, 2019
    Incredibly touching and powerful, Won't You Be My Neighbor? is a wonderful documentary about children's performer Fred Rogers. The film looks at how a young aspiring minister named Fred Rogers got into the burgeoning industry of children's television and created one of the most influential programs of his day. Friends, family, cast members, and industry experts discuss Roger's unique approach to educating and entertaining children and the positive messaging of his work (emphasizing each child's specialness and self-worth). Also discussed are his bold attempts to address and relieve the tensions and anxieties that children had about political events happening around them, including the Vietnam War, racial tensions, and 9/11, in terms that they would understand. Won't You Be My Neighbor? is a loving testament to the work and legacy of Mr. Rogers.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 14, 2019
    Fred Rogers was surely one of the most beautiful human beings I can think of, and this is a wonderful documentary that brought me to tears just by reminding us that people like that exist - which is perhaps the most important message anyone can offer in a world so full of madness.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 18, 2019
    A beautifully filmed and written film on a man that the world sorely misses. It's honest, stirring and emotional. Fred Rogers was truly a decent special man who understood children and how to reach them and teach them. It's mysterious it wasn't nominated but truly is a not to miss film! 02-16-2019
    Christopher O Super Reviewer
  • Jan 09, 2019
    I like how seriously the movie takes Rogers' philosophy, examining not just its effectiveness but how it proved to be a reflection of deeply complex man.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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