Richard Jewell

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96% Audience Score96%
  • 4 of 5 stars
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    In hindsight, it feels a bit contrived. But it was captivating to watch and that's what a movie is supposed to do. Paul Walter Hauser and the entire cast gave a topnotch performance. I remember despising Mr. Jewel when the world presumed him guilty until proven innocent. I'm pleased that Eastwood reminded us that we were wrong, but it's obvious why he chose this subject matter.
  • 3 of 5 stars
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    It takes awhile to get going, I became more interested for the second half of the movie. Performances are good, especially Rockwell and Kathy Bates. I’m not sure how much this true story has been told accurately, but It’s a solid film all in all.
  • 4 of 5 stars
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    The movie takes its time getting started but once it does it's an engrossing story. A powerful reminder of why "innocent until proven guilty" should still be a thing.
  • 5 of 5 stars
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    Great movie! I certainly remembered the incident, but living far from Atlanta didn't realize how much that poor man suffered. He really was a hero who saved numerous lives.
  • 3.5 of 5 stars
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    I went to see Clint Eastwood's latest directorial effort with a certain amount of doubt, burned by his dubious political allegiances of late, as well as the promise of a film that portrayed both the FBI and the Press as fabricators of lies, something that is far from being the necessary discourse these days. However, I'm forced to recognize that Clint is still an impressive storyteller, even though he is now in his nineties. Based on a true story about security guard Richard Jewell who discovered a pipe bomb and saved hundreds of lives with his zeal, only to be pinned as the bomber by the FBI and an unscrupulous journalist, the film compensates its lack of originality in its traditional narrative with terrific performances by Sam Rockwell and Kathy Bates as Jewell's distraught mother. But it's Paul Walter Hauser as the titular character who shines in a role that could have easily fallen into caricature, and he has to elicit sympathy for a flawed, sometimes unpleasant personage. His performance near the end of the film reaches a perfect pitch, and the mixture of emotions displayed in the diner scene is an acting course in itself. The only thing I couldn't stand was the over-the-top portrayal of the opportunistic journalist Kathy Scruggs played by Olivia Wilde. Scruggs goes so far as trade sex for tips in the film, a fact that was denied by his real life peers. We recognize there the lack of subtlety that Clint often exhibits with his female characters, rehashing the age-old concept of the Madonna- whore. But at his age, I won't expect Clint to change.
  • 4 of 5 stars
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    Good movie about the bombing of Atlanta's Centennial Park during the 1996 Olympics, and the FBI investigation that targeted an innocent man.
  • 4 of 5 stars
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    Awesome - I'd recommend it.
  • 4 of 5 stars
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    Richard Jewell is a wonderfully crafted and compelling movie from Eastwood, a big step up from 15:17 to Paris. Hauser steps up and nails the role of Jewell so you really feel the injustices. A jewel of a watch.
  • 0.5 of 5 stars
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    While the movie tries to portray innocence in one person, it directs the audience to take a false judgement of a female reporter that has no credibility for those who have studied this case. Either Eastwood was looking for more fame or ignorance, he could have left the narrative that the only way a female reporter is able to land a story is by sleeping with an agent.
  • 4 of 5 stars
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    Great Movie about the wrongfully accused Richard Jewell. It shows how powerful the media can be in quickly ruining someone's life. It also shows how the FBI did a terrible job with this investigation.