I watched this today. I must say, I thought it was excellent. I couldn't stand American Beauty, but Mendes really, really impressed me with this. The direction and cinematography was outstanding. Acting was about as good as acting can be. Paul Newman was probably the best out of the bunch, although everybody was excellent. One actor who suprised me was the boy that played Michael Sullivan Jr. That kid was outstanding. I will give the movie ****1/2 out of *****. What did you all think of it?