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It's 1958, and the producers of the quiz show 21 have a problem. Their current champ, Herbert Stempel (John Turturro), has a phenomenal memory and a broad range of knowledge. He's also a pudgy loudmouth with a grating personality, so Herbert is encouraged to "take a dive" and allow Charles Van Doren (Ralph Fiennes), a handsome and charming college professor, to become the show's new champion. Audiences like Van Doren, and he's certainly not averse to the money he's winning, but the ethics of the situation begin to trouble him, especially when the show's… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Robert Redford's best and richest directorial effort..."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Mr. Redford has made a rich, handsome, articulate film about a subject truly worth talking about."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Outstanding drama about morals and our choices."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Acutely observed, beautifully performed, lovingly directed media morality tale that resonates far beyond its 1950s setting."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"...Redford manages to build quite a snowball of drama in all of this, full of heroes and antiheroes..."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Redford turns a dry subject into high art, matching the achievements of his other directing efforts in Ordinary People and A River Runs Through It."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"What Redford is saying isn't new, but it has rarely been said in a mainstream movie with this kind of passion."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Both dramatically and historically important with fine turns by Fiennes and Turturro, directed by Redford."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"It's a blessedly old-fashioned, well-made and well-acted narrative..."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Gripping, compelling, absorbing ... yeah, all those adjectives and more, This is a great movie."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
"Perfectly pitched, the film brims with insight and wit. Highly recommended."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Crisply directed by Redford from a thought-provoking script by Paul Attanasio, and featuring a slew of strong performances."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"This is an outstanding drama that provides an excellent opportunity for examining the way that people make moral choices."
‑ Nell Minow, Beliefnet
"Redford's best film to date is a poignant examination of pop culture, TV, greed, and race relations in American society of the 1950s, with perfect casting of John Turturro, Ralph Fiennes, and particularly Paul Scofield."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Robert Redford does a superb directing job."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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