Richard Jewell

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  • Richard Jewell simplifies the real-life events that inspired it -- yet still proves that Clint Eastwood remains a skilled filmmaker of admirable economy.
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    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal
    The story is compelling -- from hero to reviled heel in no time flat. In a jauntier time it might have been raw material for social satire; in our day it's a cautionary tale about abuse of power by the press and government alike.
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    Sandy SchaeferScreenRant
    What might've been a timely parable is instead presented as a capably crafted and acted, yet frustratingly reductive screed in Richard Jewell.
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    Christopher Llewellyn ReedFilm Festival Today
    Who will mourn for Scruggs after watching this film? No one, and that's a travesty.
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    Nell MinowMovie Mom
    This could have been a heartwarming story, but Eastwood's cranky "get off my lawn" perspective cannot resist overdoing it as though he was talking to an empty chair.
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    Rendy JonesRendy Reviews
    Evidence that Paul Walter Hauser has the power to command a movie on his own and keep you emotionally attached to him.
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    Robert W. ButlerButler's Cinema Scene
    Eastwood's direction is impersonal but hugely effective; he rarely wastes a moment and is a master at building suspense.
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    Chris KlimekNPR
    This film about the smearing of an innocent man is itself a hit piece.
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    Chris FeilFilmmixtape
    Embarrasingly ill-conceived, Richard Jewell reductively characterizes all of its players to simplistic cliches, even (perhaps especially) its heroes.
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    Dirk LibbeyCinemaBlend
    In the end, Richard Jewell the movie has nothing to say beyond the fact that Richard Jewell the man deserved better.
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    Laura CliffordReeling Reviews
    Paul Walter Hauser, so impressive in an amusing supporting role in "I, Tonya," ably shoulders the lead as the oddball mama's boy, bullied for his weight, who dreams of a job in law enforcement
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