Documentary; NR; 94 m. OPENS JULY 4th“Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” takes an intimate look at America’s favorite neighbor: Mister Fred Rogers. A portrait of a man whom we all think we know, this emotional and moving film takes us beyond the zip-up cardigans and the land of make-believe, and into the heart of a creative genius who inspired generations of children with compassion and limitless imagination.
“In ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor,’ the touching and insightful survey of Rogers’ decades-spanning career from Oscar-winning director Morgan Neville (“Twenty Feet From Stardom”), the filmmaker highlights Rogers’ capacity to explore complex themes through the lens of a kid’s program that took a dead-serious approach to his young viewers’ needs.” – Eric Kohn, INDIEWIRE
“There’s more to Fred Rogers than any 93-minute documentary can contain, and it was easy for me not to lament what Neville wasn’t doing and just to embrace what Rogers was.” –Dan Fienberg, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
“Neville’s fantastic archival footage reveals the man through his work — or at least, it reveals his philosophies, if not the childhood memories that gave Rogers the ability to understand a four-year-old’s brain, almost as if he still carried his in his cardigan pocket.” –Amy Nicholson, VARIETY