A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
CAST: Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Cooper DIRECTOR: Marielle Heller ENDS 12/24
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.
With clear-eyed rigour, Heller, Hanks and Rhys put aside cheap sentiment and earn this film's authentic heartfelt emotion.Caryn James, BBC.com
Tom Hanks fits the red sweater like he was born in it, but Marielle Heller's unique take on Fred Rogers' magnetism exceeds impersonation.Peter Howell, Toronto Star
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood effectively captures the goodness that Rogers saw in everyone.Courtney Small, Cinema Axis