A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood

A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood

A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood

Oscar winner Tom Hanks is Fred Rogers, beloved host and creator of the popular children's TV show Mister Rogers' Neighbourhood, in this biopic helmed by Marielle Heller (Can You Ever Forgive Me?).

A jaded magazine writer (Emmy winner Matthew Rhys, TV's The Americans) overcomes his scepticism and learns about empathy and kindness after being assigned a profile of Rogers.

2019Rating: PG, Mild themes, violence and coarse language109 minsUSA, China
DramaTrue Story & Biography
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Just as Lloyd was of Mr. Rogers initially, I was very skeptical about seeing A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood, but thankfully there's no need for any suspicion of excessive sugary sweetness. It's uplifting and offers hope but also remains grounded. Strings together one very Fight Club-esque sequence of the protagonist grappling with his reality. Also...

5.0

Would you, could you, won't you watch it?

A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood, directed by Marielle Heller and starring Tom Hanks, is honestly quite enjoyable (in my opinion). It's a warm, funny, heartfelt movie with a simple yet essential message to the world. The directing by Heller is well-done throughout and it's worth mentioning the editing work by Anne McCabe and the cinematography by Jody...

4.0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

Hanks is perhaps the only actor who could have made any sense of the part, having achieved his own brand of saintliness in Hollywood’s current pantheon yet he doesn’t seem comfortable here.

Stuff

Stuff

press

Rhys (The Americans) delivers precisely the right dose of world-weary cynicism, while Hanks perfectly captures the quiet intensity and cadence of the seemingly unflappable Rogers. It's hard not to be drawn in by his words and into his world of positivity and "neighbourhood of make believe".

4.0
New Zealand Listener

New Zealand Listener

press

...it’s in the emotional charge she [director Marielle Heller] gets out of seemingly simple scenes of two men talking – and sometimes that’s between Vogel and his estranged father, played by Chris Cooper – that makes ABDITN such an utter delight of a film.

5.0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

…if you don’t feel just a bit warm and gooey watching this film then you are probably cynical, bitter or dead.

Variety

Variety

press

"A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood" is a lovely, soft-hearted fable that works on you in an enchanting way.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Marielle Heller's film itself, however, is a rather more modest achievement, sympathetic and yet entirely predictable in its dramatic trajectory of making a believer of an angry, cynical journalist.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Even in territories where audiences are unfamiliar with Fred Rogers' hokey appeal, the film's humour, its amiable charm offensive and its gentle weirdness should disarm all but the most cynical.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

While Hanks avoids attempting to awkwardly replicate Rogers' voice - although he does nail his cadence - he focuses on exuding the same bewitching, patient curiosity that Rogers had in the people he met.

4.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Hanks, comfortable in his twinkly-eyed wheelhouse, is properly supportive - it's a supporting role - while Rhys becomes the movie's little boy, diving into his own daddy issues, hopefully resolving them in time to write the big heroic cover story.

3.0
Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

press

Neighbourhood is full of looking, listening, understanding - fitting for a film about a man who was incredibly charismatic, slow of gesture and speech in ways that encouraged everyone around him to perform his kindness back at him.

Total Film

Total Film

press

For those seeking comfort, kindness and a sense of cherishing in a turbulent world that seems to reward cruelty over caring, A Beautiful Day will be cinematic balm. Surrender to it and bring tissues.

4.0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

Hanks is perhaps the only actor who could have made any sense of the part, having achieved his own brand of saintliness in Hollywood’s current pantheon yet he doesn’t seem comfortable here.

Stuff

Stuff

press

Rhys (The Americans) delivers precisely the right dose of world-weary cynicism, while Hanks perfectly captures the quiet intensity and cadence of the seemingly unflappable Rogers. It's hard not to be drawn in by his words and into his world of positivity and "neighbourhood of make believe".

4.0
New Zealand Listener

New Zealand Listener

press

...it’s in the emotional charge she [director Marielle Heller] gets out of seemingly simple scenes of two men talking – and sometimes that’s between Vogel and his estranged father, played by Chris Cooper – that makes ABDITN such an utter delight of a film.

5.0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

…if you don’t feel just a bit warm and gooey watching this film then you are probably cynical, bitter or dead.

Variety

Variety

press

"A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood" is a lovely, soft-hearted fable that works on you in an enchanting way.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Marielle Heller's film itself, however, is a rather more modest achievement, sympathetic and yet entirely predictable in its dramatic trajectory of making a believer of an angry, cynical journalist.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

Even in territories where audiences are unfamiliar with Fred Rogers' hokey appeal, the film's humour, its amiable charm offensive and its gentle weirdness should disarm all but the most cynical.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

While Hanks avoids attempting to awkwardly replicate Rogers' voice - although he does nail his cadence - he focuses on exuding the same bewitching, patient curiosity that Rogers had in the people he met.

4.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Hanks, comfortable in his twinkly-eyed wheelhouse, is properly supportive - it's a supporting role - while Rhys becomes the movie's little boy, diving into his own daddy issues, hopefully resolving them in time to write the big heroic cover story.

3.0
Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

press

Neighbourhood is full of looking, listening, understanding - fitting for a film about a man who was incredibly charismatic, slow of gesture and speech in ways that encouraged everyone around him to perform his kindness back at him.

Total Film

Total Film

press

For those seeking comfort, kindness and a sense of cherishing in a turbulent world that seems to reward cruelty over caring, A Beautiful Day will be cinematic balm. Surrender to it and bring tissues.

4.0

Just as Lloyd was of Mr. Rogers initially, I was very skeptical about seeing A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood, but thankfully there's no need for any suspicion of excessive sugary sweetness. It's uplifting and offers hope but also remains grounded. Strings together one very Fight Club-esque sequence of the protagonist grappling with his reality. Also...

5.0

Would you, could you, won't you watch it?

A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood, directed by Marielle Heller and starring Tom Hanks, is honestly quite enjoyable (in my opinion). It's a warm, funny, heartfelt movie with a simple yet essential message to the world. The directing by Heller is well-done throughout and it's worth mentioning the editing work by Anne McCabe and the cinematography by...

4.0