News of the World

critic Reviews

, 88% 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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    Linda MarricThe Jewish Chronicle
    A beautifully crafted, no frills adventure which often feels like an homage to Westerns of yore.
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    Mark KermodeObserver (UK)
    I found this a rewarding and entertaining drama, heavy with the weight of the past, yet buoyed up by the possibilities of the future.
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    Clarisse LoughreyIndependent (UK)
    Their journey packs in all the usual thrills of the genre - the shootouts and the ravenous jaws of nature - though Greengrass doesn't approach the material with the kineticism of Captain Phillips (also starring Hanks) or the Bourne films.
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    Larushka Ivan-ZadehMetro Newspaper (UK)
    It's all solid, well-turned stuff and, of course, you know you're in safe hands with Hanks, whose acting is so effortlessly good that you're in danger of not fully appreciating i
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    Ryan GilbeyNew Statesman
    News of the World has many of these wise, unforced moments on its way to a final scene in which the on-screen audience applauds wildly. My sentiments exactly.
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    Donald ClarkeIrish Times
    Greengrass's charming western would form the ideal centrepiece for a festival that showcased directors working hard to be something other than what we expect them to be.
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    Kevin CarrFat Guys at the Movies
    It's a classic western, but an anti-western... It's beautifully done.
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    Matthew BondThe Mail on Sunday (UK)
    Hanks is as watchable as ever and Helena Zengel terrific as the girl. Highly recommended.
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    Karren LaLonde Alenierculturevulture.net
    While Hanks is our hero, Helena Zengel steals the spotlight. This thirteen-year-old German actress shines in this role.
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    Allison RoseFlickDirect
    Hanks is great, Zengel is a revelation and Greengrass provides incredible vistas and a heartwarming story.
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