Second Best (Movie - 1994) A middle-aged postmaster (William Hurt) in a small Welsh village, whose early experiences have constricted his adult life, adopts an 11-year-old boy (Chris Cleary Miles)… Second Best (Movie - 1994) A middle-aged postmaster (William Hurt) in a small Welsh village, whose early experiences have constricted his adult life, adopts an 11-year-old boy (Chris Cleary Miles)… PG-13 Drama Chris Cleary Miles William Hurt Warner Bros.
Movie Review

Movie Review: 'Second Best' (1994)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Rated: PG-13; Genre: Drama; With: Chris Cleary Miles and William Hurt; Distributor: Warner Bros.

A middle-aged postmaster (William Hurt) in a small Welsh village, whose early experiences have constricted his adult life, adopts an 11-year-old boy (Chris Cleary Miles) whose father is in jail and whose own psychological health has been wrecked at a tiny age. Hurt (why is he in the middle of a Welsh village?), in an odd reddish coif and bachelor-geek eyeglasses, turns in a studiously sensitive performance thick with Acting Technique. Miles, on the other hand, with no previous acting experience, is a natural. B-

Originally posted Oct 21, 1994 Published in issue #245 Oct 21, 1994 Order article reprints
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