Nobody's Fool
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Paul Newman earned an Oscar nomination (and won citations from the New York Film Critics Circle and the Berlin International Film Festival) for his performance in this well-drawn comedy-drama. Sully (Newman) is a 60-year-old man who emotionally seems to have never quite emerged from adolescence; scraping by on part-time work in construction, Sully has built a life around avoiding responsibility. He hasn't spoken with his ex-wife (Elizabeth Wilson) in years, he lives in a rooming house owned by his eighth-grade teacher Mrs. Beryl (Jessica Tandy), his best friend is a mildly retarded… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

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"The movie is both a star vehicle and an ensemble piece; the other actors revolve around Newman yet give off more than just his reflected light."
‑ Michael Sragow, New Yorker
"Nobody's Fool is funny at times and as cuddly as an old teddy bear. But this movie is being taken far too seriously in some circles."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Robert Benton has made Nobody's Fool, a return to the finely humanistic spirit that made his Places in the Heart and Kramer vs. Kramer' so popular."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Over time, the rhythms of small-town life and the eccentricities of its residents can grow on you. That's exactly what happens as you watch this sharply observant movie."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"The movie feels oddly phony from its very core outward."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Baltimore Sun
"We love to see our movie gods play flawed souls, especially a god with a face that looks like one on a Roman coin."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"While watching Robert Benton's sublime adaptation of Richard Russo's novel, it's hard to avoid the realization that movies like this have become an endangered species."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"Nobody's Fool is an unprecedented treat, populated with charming, believable characters and a parting shot so beautiful even the hardest of hearts will melt helplessly at its sight."
‑ Caroline Westbrook, Empire Magazine
"An old hand at this kind of heart-warming fare, Benton doesn't swamp it with sentimentality, allowing the crumpled charisma of Newman to effortlessly carry the drama."
‑ John Ferguson, Radio Times
"The tagline for Nobody's Fool was 'Worn to perfection.' That sums up the life and acting career of Paul Newman."
‑ Gary Brown, Houston Community Newspapers
"Moviegoing holds few pleasures greater than watching an established star completely inhabit a role that exactly suits his personality and abilities. And seeing Paul Newman in Nobody's Fool defines that pleasure."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"The principal pleasure of this film directed by Robert Benton is that its characters are carefully drawn and developed rather than applied like so many decals on a two- dimensional wintry landscape."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Director Robert Benton captures the droll eccentricity of small-town life without any of the usual phony preciousness."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"Newman clearly owns the part of Sully, but there is nary a false or uncertain note struck by anyone in this ensemble cast."
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Paul Newman's Oscar-nominated performance and Robert Benton's solid, unobtrusive direction combine to create a resonant if unsurprising meditation on growing old in America."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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