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Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Post’ Boasts Buzzy Early Reactions: ‘Exhilarating,’ ‘Fantastic,’ ‘Dynamite’

Early viewers are especially entranced with Meryl Streep’s performance, which many call her best in years

While we will have to wait until December 6 to see what critics think of Steven Spielberg’s “The Post,” the first online reactions have started to trickle in about the fact-based film starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks.

Early viewers praise the film about the Washington Post’s handling of the Pentagon Papers in the 1970s, especially Streep’s performance, which many have called “stunning,” “astounding” and her “best performance in years.”

“THE POST rules. The best Spielberg movie since MUNICH,” IndieWire’s David Ehrlich tweeted. “Meryl Streep is almost *Holly Hunter in Broadcast News good* in this movie. ALMOST. not quite. BUT ALMOST.”

“I pretty much loved THE POST,” BuzzFeed’s Adam B. Vary wrote. “Streep: Her best perf in years. Hanks: Delightfully irascible. The rest of the cast: Great. I expected its depiction of journalism to feel vital & sentimental. I did not expect Spielberg to make his first overtly feminist film since The Color Purple.”

Other critics lauded the film’s timeliness, especially “in an era when journalism is under assault,” as well as the camera work and John Williams’ score.

Streep stars as Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham, the first woman to publish a major American newspaper. Hanks plays editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks), and the pair race to uncover a web of government secrets that spanned three decades and four U.S. presidents.

This is the first time Streep and Hanks have appeared together in a film. In addition to directing, Spielberg also produced the film with Amy Pascal and Kristie Macosko KriegeThe script was written by Liz Hannah and Josh Singer.

The ensemble cast includes Alison Brie, Carrie Coon, David Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Paulson, Jesse Plemons, Matthew Rhys, Michael Stuhlbarg, Bradley Whitford and Zach Woods.

“The Post” opens in select theaters Dec. 22 and nationwide January 12, 2018.

Read the first reviews below.