“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood ” premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival this weekend. Read what people are saying about Tom Hanks’ portrayal of Mister Rogers.
by Lauren Davidson
September 8, 2019
In person, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” got a standing ovation at its premiere Saturday night at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Here’s what the internet had to say.
So overwhelmed. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is cinematic therapy. The best film of the year. Marielle Heller finds a tender, imaginative (sometimes surrealist) way to fuse her visionary narrative with Fred Rogers’ spirit. Tom Hanks is coming for Oscar No. 3 #TIFF19 #TIFF pic.twitter.com/Zm1Sm6q8eA
— Joey Nolfi @ TIFF (@joeynolfi) September 8, 2019
A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD was…absolutely perfect.
Tom Hanks gives — seriously — one of the best performances of his entire career.
This isn’t just a movie we need right now — it’s a movie we will need forever.
Bring the tissues — you’ll need the entire box. pic.twitter.com/nLBKpjaXmZ
— Jake Hamilton (@JakesTakes) September 8, 2019
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is easily the best Tom Hanks has been since Captain Phillips. Leave it to Marielle Heller, one of the loveliest filmmakers working today.
— Matt Jacobs (@tarantallegra) September 8, 2019
A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD: I’m leery of stories about famous figures framed by someone else’s encounter with them, but in Heller’s charming film it makes perfect sense — Tom Hanks’ Fred Rogers is very human, but the distance lets him be a little magic as well. #tiff pic.twitter.com/yiQmcV3upQ
— Alison Willmore (@alisonwillmore) September 8, 2019
A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Tom Hanks fits the red sweater like he was born in it, but Marielle Heller’s unique take on Mr. Rogers’ magnetism exceeds impersonation. A movie of heart, empathy and invention, it’s a beautiful day in the #TIFF19 ‘hood. pic.twitter.com/nqiVXGLfae
— Peter Howell (@peterhowellfilm) September 8, 2019
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is essentially a Mister Rogers episode for grownups. The man himself remains opaque; this is not a story about him but about why we need him. Touching stuff, especially from Matthew Rhys. #TIFF19
— Angie J. Han (@ajhan) September 8, 2019
A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Whoever had the idea of casting Tom Hanks as Mister Rogers deserves a raise. Hanks is absolute perfection in Marielle Heller’s surprisingly hilarious, sweet and simple ode to an American icon. #TIFF
— Jordan Ruimy (@mrRuimy) September 8, 2019
The film will be released in theaters on Nov. 22. Until then, enjoy this moment.
— A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (@ABeautifulDay) September 7, 2019
“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” is based on the unexpected (and true) friendship between Rogers and award-winning journalist Tom Junod, portrayed by Matthew Rhys.