The Fabelmans

critic Reviews

, 92% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Part memoir, part ode to the power of the movies, The Fabelmans finds Steven Spielberg digging at the family roots that helped make him a beloved filmmaker -- and proves he hasn't lost his magic touch.
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    Adam Mullins-KhatibChicago Reader
    Steven Spielberg’s 33rd feature film is a marvel coming-of-age story and one of his most personal.
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    Adam KempenaarFilmspotting
    ...wants to reckon in a meaningful way with the idea that cinema – like any art form – can be powerful and revealing and magical... but [also] can be just as dishonest as it is honest.
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    Max WeissBaltimore Magazine
    The Fabelmans is beautiful, involving, often spellbinding. Spielberg has now demonstrated that he can look inward, as well as outward, and still command every frame.
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    Christy LemireFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    I was really impressed by it, but I wasn't necessarily moved by it the way I usually am by Spielberg's work.
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    Radheyan SimonpillaiCTV's Your Morning
    Beautiful filmmaking that reminds you why you worship at the altar of Spielberg.
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    Odie HendersonBoston Globe
    This is Spielberg’s most personal film, and it’s intriguing to watch him pay homage to the directors who made up his group of friends in the early 1970s.
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    Linda CookOurQuadCities / WHBF-TV (Illinois)
    It's not a fable, man - it's a fictionalized autobiography, one of Spielberg's finest.
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    Susan GrangerSSG Syndicate
    Touching, tender and transfixing...one of the best movies of 2022"
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    Jeff YorkThe Establishing Shot
    As much as the story attempts to explain how he (Spielberg) developed as a filmmaker in his youth, the movie’s truest accomplishment lies in showcasing how his fraught family life propelled him towards such a need for escapism.
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    Eileen JonesThe Jacobin
    Steven Spielberg’s autobiographical The Fabelmans is a dull, self-indulgent victory lap for the most victorious filmmaker in history.
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