Based on a real-life incident, a jaded journalist (Rhys) is assigned what he considers a puff piece on Mister Rogers (Tom Hanks, of course), and finds a healing journey of the self. “Heller [The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Can You Ever Forgive Me?] creates a world that blurs the lines between every form of communication to serve the panoramic impact of her sensitive, almost magical design. Television, journalism, conversation, hallucination, toy worlds, and wedding fights all come together in a playful and ambitious kaleidoscope of feeling that stays careful even when it reaches for the moon.” (The Playlist)
“The work of a filmmaker of superb judgment and confidence, who knows exactly what her movie is about: not a cuddly figure from baby boomers’ collective past or the 'emotional arc' of a flawed protagonist, but those moments of grace—vagrant, unearned, numinous and liberating—that can turn everyday life into a miracle." (Washington Post)
Hanks, twice a winner for Best Actor, is nominated for an Academy Award for Supporting Actor.