Nobody's Fool
Nobody's Fool (1994)

This inspirational drama follows the troubled lives of the residents of a small, dying New York town. The story focuses on Sully, a sporadically-employed 60-year-old construction worker. Just as life seems at its bleakest, things take a… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: September 9, 2003
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91%
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82%



Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It's solidly directed by Robert Benton and stacked with fine performances from an impressive cast, but above all, Nobody's Fool is a showcase for some of Paul Newman's best late-period work.

Michael Sragow
New Yorker

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.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

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.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

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.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

We love to see our movie gods play flawed souls, especially a god with a face that looks like one on a Roman coin.

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

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.

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Caroline Westbrook
Empire Magazine

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.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

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Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

Director Robert Benton captures the droll eccentricity of small-town life without any of the usual phony preciousness.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Alice Shen
PAUL NEWMAN!!! HE'S SO WONDERFUL!!! BUT NOW HE'S DEAD!!! :````~( Okay, enough of that. Wonderfully lived-in movie. I'm okay with this… More
John Ballantine
A showcase for an aging Newman, the film is witty at times but pandering at others. It can't decide whether it is serious or light and does both half… More
Tim Sigur
It is probably better that I saw this movie after Paul Newman died. There are parts that are pretty cliche, but there are also scenes that are fucking flawless.… More
Alec Barniskis
Its mostly your standard "stubborn old coot undergoes a paradigm shift" film but Paul Newman's immersion in the character is noteworthy, it never… More
Lafe Fredbjornson
Things seem stuck in a small town here. It's a good set of actors, who don't do much of consequence.
Bill Cavros
A film that reminds you that it?s the small thing that you do in life that define your passage through this world. The tone of this film is similar to Gran… More