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Richard Jewell (2019)



Critic Consensus: 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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Directed by Clint Eastwood and based on true events, "Richard Jewell" is a story of what happens when what is reported as fact obscures the truth. "There is a bomb in Centennial Park. You have thirty minutes." The world is first introduced to Richard Jewell as the security guard who reports finding the device at the 1996 Atlanta bombing-his report making him a hero whose swift actions save countless lives. But within days, the law enforcement wannabe becomes the FBI's number one suspect, vilified by press and public alike, his life ripped apart. Reaching out to independent, anti-establishment attorney Watson Bryant, Jewell staunchly professes his innocence. But Bryant finds he is out of his depth as he fights the combined powers of the FBI, GBI and APD to clear his client's name, while keeping Richard from trusting the very people trying to destroy him.

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Sam Rockwell
as Watson Bryant
Kathy Bates
as Bobi Jewell
Jon Hamm
as Tom Shaw
Olivia Wilde
as Kathy Scruggs
Paul Walter Hauser
as Richard Jewell
Ian Gomez
as Agent Dan Bennett
Charles Green
as Dr. W. Ray Cleere
Marc Farley
as Donut Buyer
Wayne Duvall
as Polygraph Examiner
Mitchell Hoog
as Teen Intern
Randy Havens
as Sound Tech
Niko Nicotera
as Dave Dutchess
Shiquita James
as Olympic Attendee
Mike Pniewski
as Brandon Hamm
Beth Keener
as Pregnant Woman
Deja Dee
as Woman in Park
Matthew Byrge
as Air Force Security
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All Critics (294) | Top Critics (64)

Where it falters - and badly - is in its portrayal of real-life reporter Kathy Scruggs. It leaves a bitter taste and mars the whole package, undermining its own good work elsewhere.

February 27, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The story Eastwood is telling here is indeed a compelling one, a real-life drama recounting the abuse of power by the two most powerful institutions in America, the government and the press.

February 19, 2020 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Eastwood's "shut up and point the camera" style of storytelling is bluntly effective and the film is powered along by three terrific performances.

February 13, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

This is, frankly, a political film and it's no secret that Eastwood is not exactly on the left, but, ever the pragmatist, he leaves room for multiple readings.

February 12, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

What should be an expose with nuanced performances has a very un-nuanced performance that overshadows the film...

February 11, 2020 | Full Review…

It's not Eastwood's finest hour.

February 3, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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