Robert’s Reviews: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Hello Clever People! Welcome to my review for the Fred Rogers documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? This film follows the life of Fred Rogers and how his TV show, Mr Rogers Neighborhood, affected the lives of millions of people across American during the shows 912 episode run. Click the video below to watch the review!

Robert Burke
Robert Burke is a 16-year-old film critic currently attending Shasta High School. His love for film started when he was very young, and grows as he learns more and more about it. Robert expresses his love for film through reviews, which can be found on this website every Saturday. Film is not his only passion, as he also loves to act in local productions with Cascade Theater, Shasta College and Riverfront Playhouse. He currently lives in Redding, CA, and hopes to one day be a film director. To view all of Robert’s reviews go to
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11 Responses

  1. Avatar Linda Cooper says:

    Hello, Robert. Nice to know that another generation can have appreciation for Mr. Rogers. One thing. You referred to him as a “hard core Christian.” Personally, I think of him as a humanitarian. He never flaunted his religious beliefs. Like a lot of people do in today time.

    • Robert Burke Robert Burke says:

      Hi Linda. Taking that into consideration, I would say that I misspoke. He wasn’t necessarily a hardcore christian, but I would say that his beliefs were what lead him into making the tv show which really did lead his life.

  2. AJ AJ says:

    My kids grew up with this show. I always appreciated the life long lessons that were displayed. The overwhelming message of Mr. Rogers (I felt) was the idea of, don’t tell me, show me. He never preached about the larger lessons in life, he demonstrated them. Hmmmm . . . . lessons for all ages, I’d say.
    Thanks for the review.

    • Robert Burke Robert Burke says:

      I would say that Mr Rogers definitely put an emphasis on showing children how to be kind rather than just telling them to, which is very difficult for a lot of parents. His influence is still felt for sure.

  3. Avatar Liz says:

    I wish we had more movies about genuinely sweet good people…… so much negativity out of Hollywood. Thank you Robert. You knocked this review out of the park.

  4. Avatar Joanne Lobeski Snyder says:

    What a great review! I first saw Mr. Rogers when I was in my 20s and was trying to catch up on programming I’d missed growing up without TV. What I missed when I saw this program was that my cognitive speed was different than that of a child so I found the program quaint and slow paced. But also ethically educational. I’m thrilled this man is being recognized for the his positive influence on the world. I so admire you Robert.

  5. Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood ran from 1968 to 2001, so I had the opportunity as a child to watch it, and Sesame Street as well. Alas, at the tender age of 8, I was already caught up in the the TV violence and distraction Rogers was reacting against. So to me, he appeared to be a boring old guy in a sweater. Perhaps if I had watched from a younger age, I might have grown up to be a better person.

  6. Avatar Melanie says:

    I saw the movie with the staff of KIXE on Friday and cried at multiple points and definitely left feeling uplifted.

  7. Avatar Linda says:

    Hi Robert……I loved your review of this movie, particularly in light of the fact that you never saw his actual TV show to personally witness how he interacted with children everyday and how special he made them feel. It was a wonderful show. My young son watched it daily in the early 70’s. Mr. Rogers had a phenomenal way of speaking directly to children, and those sitting in their living rooms actually felt like he was speaking to them individually….so calming, so soft spoken, so very kind. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing this movie and can already tear up just thinking about how this wonderful man is being portrayed…..a friend, a mentor, an example for children we need more of today.

  8. Avatar Wendy says:

    Thanks for the review. You convinced me; I will go see the movie!

  9. Robert, I’m a week late to tell you this, but great job participating in the conversation with readers here. That’s one of the characteristics that sets writers apart from typical online news media. Well done! We appreciate you so much! Keep up the super work.