Fat Man and Little Boy
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Fat Man and Little Boy
"Fat Man" and "Little Boy" were the nicknames given the atomic bombs that were dropped over Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the waning days of World War II. This elaborately assembled film is the story of the events leading up to the dawn of the atomic age. Paul Newman plays General Leslie Groves, a hard-nosed career soldier who in 1942 finds himself the reluctant "nursemaid" to a group of idealistic scientists in Los Alamos, New Mexico. As the military head of the top-secret Manhattan Project, Groves intends to have the operation run by the book--and failing that, to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A singular, powerful experience."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"Disappointing biopic about A-bomb creation"
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"Intersting, insightful histo-drama with Newman doing his job above and beyond what is called for."
‑ Michael Clawson, West Valley View
"It's just too distanced to allow us to get involved."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"[Fat Man] is not resoundingly disastrous. That would imply a certain energy."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Serious film about the ethics of the men who ushered America into the nuclear age."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"A bit clinical, but also quite enlightening."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"Fat Man and Little Boy is a fiction based on the Manhattan Project, but it is thin and unfocused and hardly even suggests the enormous moral and practical questions that the scientists wrestled with in the New Mexico desert."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"An interesting historical drama, but lacks the personal touch."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"The movie might actually have been good if it had been done with a little more pinnace."
‑ James Brundage, Filmcritic.com
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