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 (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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    Erlingur EinarssonTotal Film
    The heartfelt conclusion is... undermined by a simplistic build-up, albeit not enough to diminish the fine lead performances.
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    Matt NealABC Radio (Australia)
    A high-quality time-filler that might not stick in the memory like their previous collab Captain Phillips, but it's a fine piece of work.
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    Sarah WardConcrete Playground
    As perfectly cast and reliably great as Hanks is here, in the latest role that's likely to see awards nominations come his way, the empathetic and absorbing movie he's in meets him at every turn.
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    Eric MarchenRogers TV
    News of the World travels slowly but it gets to where it needs to go in the wild west.
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