By ch18NY on 12/26/2012
Your reviewer is clearly a student of film, and I'm sure he'll write better reviews when he graduates from high school. But he is wrong about this movie, which is an exquisite and nuanced telling of several interlocking personal conflicts--some of which had great import for millions, others which had great import only for the people involved--and how these conflicts were resolved, or sometimes not resolved. The film is gripping, intensely exciting, straight forward, and personal, reminding us that players on the world stage are, despite their positions, but human beings. And what human beings they are! The film is, to me, thoroughly satisfying. Where did your reviewer see a hand job? I didn't see a hand job. The film showed no hand job. But then, what can you expect of a person who must be 16 or so years of age. What the movie showed was a hint that FDR had taken a step intending to change the relationship. The exact nature of the step was not shown. The film left it to each viewer (and his hormones, in the case of the reviewer) to infer what happened. A hand job? I think not. The film was perhaps a little too subtle for your reviewer. But then, your reviewer must know more than me, for he is a Movie Critic for the New York print magazine and its website, whereas I am merely a member of the hoi polloi who attend the cinema. Oh well, I'm sure your reviewer will write differently when he is a few years older.