"[A] passionate, thoughtful essay on power, truth-telling and responsibility."New York Times
3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Clooney emerges as a powerhouse filmmaker....Clooney has crafted a period piece that speaks potently to [the] here-and-now..."
"David Strathairn plays Murrow, a performance eerily on the money and tinged with irony....The extensive footage of McCarthy is artfully integrated."USA Today
"[A] marvel of classic restraint in a hopped-up film culture. Shot in elegant black and white with impeccable ensemble acting and moody jazz riffs for a soundtrack, it wouldn't exist except for the lonely passion of director, co-writer and costar George Clooney."Los Angeles Times
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[W]hen the movie's at is smartest, it's dazzlingly bright....David Stratharin, playing Murrow, follows his writers' lead beautifully, delivering a performance that's all understatement on the surface and searing fire underneath."
"[A]n energized sliver of history, smart, sharp, and lively, staged with enjoyable panache..." -- Grade: B+Entertainment Weekly
"David Strathairn's extraordinary performance dominates the film with its gravitas, pathos and even a streak of deadpan humour."Sight and Sound
5 stars out of 5 -- "[C]ontinually astonishing for its poise and its impeccable attention to detail....Clooney achieves his objectives with clarity and concision."Uncut
"Righteous and superbly evocative of the era, the film also reacquaints us with a more sophisticated yesteryear, when media stars had principles, spoke in full paragraphs, and faced down the corrupt..."
Movieline's Hollywood Life
"Strathairn's subtle and serious Oscar-nominated performance demands the respect of his audience."
4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] well-judged and well-timed Clooney lament about the state of television journalism in a trying age..."
3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] healthy reminder that in any political crisis, history is always the final judge."