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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    Ruth MaramisFlixChatter Film Blog
    Tom Hanks' first western/road-movie is a journey worth riding along with + he's got a great company in newcomer Helena Zengel. Themes of identity + sense of belonging are explored well, capped by an emotionally resonant finale.
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    Rob GonsalveseFilmCritic.com
    As we saw in Saving Private Ryan and Greyhound, Hanks is a natural at painting men skilled at war who take no pleasure in it. That prior experience with Hanks does a lot of the movie's work.
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    Shawn EdwardsFox 4 Kansas City
    Hanks has done it again...expertly directed...
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    Megan BashamWORLD
    Hanks has already shown he's more than capable of carrying an action-heavy film, but News of the World proves he can successfully channel his inner Eastwood as well.
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