A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

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Much like the beloved TV personality that inspired it, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood offers a powerfully affecting message about acceptance and understanding.

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Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer (Emmy winner Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about empathy, kindness, and decency from America's most beloved neighbor.

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Critic Reviews for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

All Critics (96) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (92) | Rotten (4)

  • I blubbed quietly throughout the entire movie. Although that could have been the sleep deprivation.

    Oct 15, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • But just as Mr. Rogers used his show to talk about big issues with children in a tone that was softer and more halting than you'd expect, so does Heller stick to understatement in a way that threatens to become dull or sappy but never does.

    Sep 13, 2019 | Full Review…

    Steve Pond

    TheWrap
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  • With clear-eyed rigour, Heller, Hanks and Rhys put aside cheap sentiment and earn this film's authentic heartfelt emotion.

    Sep 12, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Caryn James

    BBC.com
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  • Tom Hanks fits the red sweater like he was born in it, but Marielle Heller's unique take on Fred Rogers' magnetism exceeds impersonation.

    Sep 11, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Heller, fresh off the sharp Can You Ever Forgive Me?, is the one mediating their communion, steering it away from schmaltz and into more honest and ...Rogersian sentiment.

    Sep 9, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

    A.A. Dowd

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  • Hanks is, not surprisingly, excellently cast, but it's Heller's direction and inventive aesthetic instinct - everything is washed out browns, with the exception of a moving blue-lit finale - that sell the work so well.

    Sep 9, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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