Richard Jewell

Richard Jewell

Richard Jewell

Clint Eastwood directs this true story drama about a security guard (Paul Walter Hauser, BlacKkKlansman) who saved people from a bomb at the 1996 Olympics, but was then labelled by the media as a terrorist. Co-stars John Hamm, Olivia Wilde and Sam Rockwell.

2019Rating: M, Violence, sexual references & offensive language129 minsUSA
Drama
Director:
Clint Eastwood ('Gran Torino', 'Million Dollar Baby', 'Letters from Iwo Jima')
Writer:
Billy Ray
Cast:
Paul Walter HauserJon HammKathy BatesSam RockwellOlivia WildeNina AriandaIan GomezDylan Kussman

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Reviews & comments

Richard is a Jewel.

"Richard Jewell" is a solid, compelling drama about the dangers of "trial by media" and the harmful damage assumptive accusations can cause when someone is presumed guilty until proven innocent. Clint Eastwood's film shines the spotlight on a legitimate, unassuming and somewhat naïve "good guy", whose heroic actions unfairly cause his world to crumble...

4.0
New Zealand Listener

New Zealand Listener

press

[Eastwood] has crafted a gripping thriller that places the blame for one man’s ruin squarely at the feet of those more powerful.

4.0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

From one angle the movie is pure right-wing populism, standing up for white, working-class, salt-of-the-earth guys who simply want to serve and protect. But another moral could be drawn: quite literally, Richard is a victim of racial profiling, no less than a Middle Eastern immigrant to the US might be.

Stuff

Stuff

press

For a film about the efforts to clear one man's name, the treatment of Scruggs in Richard Jewell seems like hypocrisy – with a side-order of misogyny – of the worst sort. It's a massive blight on an otherwise very competently told and engrossing story.

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Eastwood delivers a riveting take on this true tale of a security guard who was declared a hero for finding a bomb and then became the prime suspect . Paul Walter Hauser is perfection as Richard, as is the great Kathy Bates as his loyal mother.

4.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Resurrecting his sturdy cinematic prose after recent fiascos like The 15:17 to Paris, Eastwood competently dramatizes the underdog's true tale with a patient, straightforward style akin to Sully and Changeling, but he falls short on nuance.

3.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

This is a morality tale - in a good way, mostly - about the vulnerability of the individual citizen in the face of state power and about the fate of a private person menaced by the machinery of publicity.

Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal

press

The story is compelling -- from hero to reviled heel in no time flat. In a jauntier time it might have been raw material for social satire; in our day it's a cautionary tale about abuse of power by the press and government alike.

Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

press

Jewell, to its credit, is anchored by one of the more complex heroes in Eastwood's canon. But I'm still not certain it finds the most cutting or convincing path through this story.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Solid, dependable, very late period Eastwood.

3.0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

A timely story of broken trust in institutions.

4.0
Daily Telegraph

Daily Telegraph

press

Richard Jewell is pointed and compelling - so much so that it needn't underline its themes as thickly as it does.

3.0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

...ultra-watchable, engrossing, naturalistic, tautly directed and superbly acted - especially by Hauser and Rockwell - and scripted.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

In many ways, it is a very good story, efficiently told - and that's down to the excellent and very plausible performance from Paul Walter Hauser.

3.0
The Times

The Times

press

It's not Eastwood's finest hour.

2.0
IndieWire

IndieWire

press

Eastwood's plain style tends to be his greatest asset, because the stories at his films' centers are often wild enough to tell themselves. That's certainly the case here.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

"Richard Jewell" benefits from a muted wistfulness, which manages to convey the injustice of what occurred without overselling the theatrics.

Variety

Variety

press

A good story is a good story, and Eastwood knows how to tell a good story.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Another fine Eastwood film about a man with greatness thrust upon him.

New Zealand Listener

New Zealand Listener

press

[Eastwood] has crafted a gripping thriller that places the blame for one man’s ruin squarely at the feet of those more powerful.

4.0
Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

press

From one angle the movie is pure right-wing populism, standing up for white, working-class, salt-of-the-earth guys who simply want to serve and protect. But another moral could be drawn: quite literally, Richard is a victim of racial profiling, no less than a Middle Eastern immigrant to the US might be.

Stuff

Stuff

press

For a film about the efforts to clear one man's name, the treatment of Scruggs in Richard Jewell seems like hypocrisy – with a side-order of misogyny – of the worst sort. It's a massive blight on an otherwise very competently told and engrossing story.

Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

Eastwood delivers a riveting take on this true tale of a security guard who was declared a hero for finding a bomb and then became the prime suspect . Paul Walter Hauser is perfection as Richard, as is the great Kathy Bates as his loyal mother.

4.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Resurrecting his sturdy cinematic prose after recent fiascos like The 15:17 to Paris, Eastwood competently dramatizes the underdog's true tale with a patient, straightforward style akin to Sully and Changeling, but he falls short on nuance.

3.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

This is a morality tale - in a good way, mostly - about the vulnerability of the individual citizen in the face of state power and about the fate of a private person menaced by the machinery of publicity.

Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal

press

The story is compelling -- from hero to reviled heel in no time flat. In a jauntier time it might have been raw material for social satire; in our day it's a cautionary tale about abuse of power by the press and government alike.

Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

press

Jewell, to its credit, is anchored by one of the more complex heroes in Eastwood's canon. But I'm still not certain it finds the most cutting or convincing path through this story.

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Solid, dependable, very late period Eastwood.

3.0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

A timely story of broken trust in institutions.

4.0
Daily Telegraph

Daily Telegraph

press

Richard Jewell is pointed and compelling - so much so that it needn't underline its themes as thickly as it does.

3.0
FilmInk

FilmInk

press

...ultra-watchable, engrossing, naturalistic, tautly directed and superbly acted - especially by Hauser and Rockwell - and scripted.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

In many ways, it is a very good story, efficiently told - and that's down to the excellent and very plausible performance from Paul Walter Hauser.

3.0
The Times

The Times

press

It's not Eastwood's finest hour.

2.0
IndieWire

IndieWire

press

Eastwood's plain style tends to be his greatest asset, because the stories at his films' centers are often wild enough to tell themselves. That's certainly the case here.

Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

"Richard Jewell" benefits from a muted wistfulness, which manages to convey the injustice of what occurred without overselling the theatrics.

Variety

Variety

press

A good story is a good story, and Eastwood knows how to tell a good story.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Another fine Eastwood film about a man with greatness thrust upon him.

Richard is a Jewel.

"Richard Jewell" is a solid, compelling drama about the dangers of "trial by media" and the harmful damage assumptive accusations can cause when someone is presumed guilty until proven innocent. Clint Eastwood's film shines the spotlight on a legitimate, unassuming and somewhat naïve "good guy", whose heroic actions unfairly cause his world to crumble...

4.0