Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good The most powerful draw of the production, at least for those over age 25, is nostalgia. The film functions as a time machine to take the viewer back to when (s)he watched "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood” on television and re-introduces the man who functioned as a friend/mentor/father-figure.
Rolling StoneFull Review Very Good Won't You Be My Neighbor? performs the invaluable service of letting us witness the man in action with those who meant the most to him: children. In these troubled times, it's a good feeling to see a funny, touching and vital doc that is both timely and timeless.
Rex ReedFull Review Excellent ...director Morgan Neville has crafted a film that so deeply embodies its subject that it almost transcends it. And despite sometimes coming off as a kind of 20th century Jesus in a cardigan, Mister Rogers is not coming back. But it looks like, as demonstrated in this remarkable film, he left a few things behind that just might be able to help.
Slant MagazineFull Review Good ...Won't You Be My Neighbor? is at its core a crowd-pleaser, so every unflattering fact unearthed about Rogers is offset by a dozen glowing ones... ...Neville wisely keeps the focus primarily on Rogers's message rather than his private life.
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