100

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
The biggest little movie of the year - and one of the best ever about the news media.
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100

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Vividly re- creates TV news icon Edward R. Murrow's historic face-off with Sen. Joseph McCarthy in devastatingly low-key detail -- is the right movie at the right time.
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100

USA Today

By Mike Clark
The only things missing from making this showdown worthy of a Western is Murrow's sheriff's badge, a dusty street and maybe a spittoon for McCarthy's infamous invectives.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Urgent and stunning movie.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
In ninety-three tight, terrifically exciting minutes, Clooney makes integrity look mighty sexy.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
A puzzle: a hermetically sealed period piece so intensely relevant to our current state of affairs that it takes your breath away.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Good Night, and Good Luck has a small-scale time-capsule fascination, yet its hermeticism is really a form of moral caution -- a way of keeping the issues neat, the liberal idealism untainted.
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Many movies these days are too long; this one, at 90 minutes, feels too short. That's because its purpose is so sharply defined: a tight close-up, in black and white, of a single, seminal moment -- a black and white moment -- in American history, and American journalism.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
An entertaining slice of American political and cultural history.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Ray Bennett
Moviegoers who know their American political history will respond to the film's immediacy and forgive the film's tight focus and narrow view. Anyone hoping for an entertaining drama about newsmen and politics along the lines of "All the President's Men" will be disappointed.
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80 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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