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Nobody's Fool

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Robert Benton

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About the Movie

Paul Newman earned an Oscar® nomination plus Best Actor honors from the National Society of Film Critics and New York Film Critics Circle for his portrayal of Sully, a likeable working stiff who's made a lifetime of bad decisions. But he unexpectedly has a chance to make right on some of them when his estranged son – and grandson – drop into his life. Melanie Griffith and Jessica Tandy are among the talented costars of this engaging film honored on numerous 1994 Ten Best Lists.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 54
  • Fresh: 49
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 7.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: It says everything about Mr. Newman's performance, the single best of this year and among the finest he has ever given, that you never stop to wonder how a guy as good-looking as Paul Newman ended up this way. – Caryn James, New York Times, Aug 12, 2008

Fresh: Not much of a plot? Don't be fooled. The best thing about a story so subdued, so contained -- at least when it's done well, and Fool is done exceptionally well -- is that, in the quiet, we can really hear the characters breathe. – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, Oct 29, 2013

Fresh: By giving his movie a very effective realistic look, by helping his actors to shape strongly believable performances, even when they are doing implausible things, Benton lends credence to...inspirational fibs. – Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Fronted by a splendid performance from Paul Newman... Robert Benton's character-driven film is sprinkled with small pleasures; the dramatic developments here don't take place in the noisy, calamitous manner that is customary these days. – Todd McCarthy, Variety, Oct 29, 2013

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Customer Reviews

One of the best

Paul Newman as an elderly man with all of the hardships that implies, but the movie has heart! Also has the beautiful Jessica Tandy in her final role. This is about real people in a small town and the ongoing war of the snowblower is entertaining by itself. So many characters all involved in the story make this movie enjoyable at many levels - it's a keeper.

Heartwarming Dramedy

Paul Newman plays Sully, a bitter old man who has made a lot of mistakes his entire life and hasn't seemed to learn from any of them. The town is full of people that interact with Sully on various levels which give you glimpses at how this loser has a good heart. All of the acting is great, the music score is beautiful and really adds to the enjoyment of the film (I wish it was available to download or buy on CD) and you will find yourself rooting for Sully and hoping for the same things the townsfolk hope for when it comes to him. This is not a big budget movie with cool special f/x or a goofball buddy comedy or any number of types of movies that do well at the movies. This is a human story with a lot of heart that will make you feel a lot of things. If nothing else, you should see it because its Jessica Tandy's final role before she passed away, but the movie is so worth owning to watch again and again.

I miss Paul Newman

I wish there were more actors of this generation with the class and talent of Paul Newman......

Another brilliant movie of his that compels you to watch and watch and watch. For all men that had fathers that did not communicate-- this is your movie.