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Good Night, And Good Luck
In the mid-1950's Edward R. Murrow and his producer, Fred Friendly, help bring an end to the tyranny of the blacklist and the House Un-American Activities Committee's anti-Communist hearings. With the platform provided by his CBS News program "See It Now," Murrow challenges Joseph McCarthy on his claims that hundreds of avowed Communists are working covertly as Soviet spies in the U.S. government, among other allegations, and that they have the power to destroy lives and careers.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A solid achievement."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"It's an interesting way to represent the past, though the use of space, actors, and archival footage seems more theatrical than cinematic."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"By its end, "Good Night, and Good Luck" evolves into a prophetic vision of how television and film can be used to illuminate or insulate, educate or entertain."
‑ Sam Fragoso, Movie Mezzanine
"A film that will live on for years, because it bears a message about dissension, and the power of the press. A power that's faded."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Scrupulously journalistic, sometimes to its credit, sometimes to its deficit as a movie."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"It's a modest but powerful affair, and a fantastic mood piece."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Rarely moving a facial muscle except to exhale smoke and brimstone, Strathairn wonderfully recaptures Murrow's deadpan delivery style."
‑ Bruce Newman, San Jose Mercury News
"Untethered to any post-TV era is a conclusion that America gets too comfortable with the mental inactivity it enables. Edward R. Murrow's titular signoff begins as a trademark and ends as a challenge to a medium - one too often unmet today."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"Provocative, principled and richly detailed, this is compelling stuff. Emotionally itā(TM)s a little dry, but as brain-food, itā(TM)s absolutely invigorating. George done good."
‑ Simon Crook, Empire Magazine
"Good Night is not your average historical recreation. It doesn't dumb-down its story or its characters with needless explanation for the benefit of an under-educated audience."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"... it telescopes -- with no loss of accuracy -- Murrow's last few fifties hurrahs as the hardest diamond in Bill Paley's 'Tiffany network.'"
‑ Ken Tucker, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Clooney continues to improve as both a writer and director, showing huge advancement from his underwhelming 2002 helming debut Confessions of a Dangerous Mind."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Lean study of the quandaries of asking questions in the media, and of crafting a political film in Hollywood"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Dignified, intelligent filmmaking for liberal grown-ups."
‑ Matthew De Abaitua, Film4
"proves that it is still possible in the cinema, if not in television, to inform without being boring and entertain without condescending."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
More reviews for Good Night, And Good Luck on Rotten Tomatoes

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