News of the World

critic Reviews

, 87% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • News of the World takes a slow but absorbing ride down a comfortingly familiar Western trail, guided by Tom Hanks in peak paternal mode.
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    Richard RoeperChicago Sun-Times
    A rough-and-tumble Texas road-trip movie finds the right balance of character insight and bare-knuckled action.
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    Chris HewittMinneapolis Star Tribune
    It's a sentimental tale, but the quiet simplicity of Greengrass' images helps whenever things threaten to get goopy.
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    Mark KennedyAssociated Press
    Helena Zengel is a marvel. She can be wild in one scene, defiant later, curious the next and emotionally shut down in another. She speaks volumes even without dialogue.
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    Richard WhittakerAustin Chronicle
    Kidd feels like an ancestor of Saving Private Ryan's Captain Miller - a man who is adept at violence but will only use it as a last, mournful resort.
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    Amy NicholsonFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    Helena Zengel has one of those faces that you can just stare at for the entire film. You can see the intelligence behind her eyes.
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    Rex ReedObserver
    Gorgeously shot amid the caramel deserts and peppermint skies of New Mexico, News of the World is a worthy and intelligent footnote to the western genre.
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    Filipe FreitasAlways Good Movies
    Although occasionally bumpy, it's not my plan to discourage you from watching the film.
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    Grant HermannsComingSoon.net
    "There are certainly worse Westerns out there to avoid, but there are certainly better ones to visit before turning to News of the World."
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    Sonny BunchThe Bulwark
    I admire Paul Greengrass ... for maintaining his faith in the power of the pen to shape the world in a more pleasing way. I'm not sure I share it any longer.
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    Cory WoodroofNashville Scene
    News of the World is 2020's second-best American Western, and a heartening reminder of why we still long for the Western expanse we see in movies.
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