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Jonna Miller

The much-anticipated “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” starring Tom Hanks as the host of “Mister Rogers Neighborhood,” premiered Saturday night at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Much of the film, which dramatizes the true story of a magazine journalist (Matthew Rhys, playing a fictionalized version of writer Tom Junod) and his visit to Pittsburgh to profile Fred Rogers for Esquire magazine, was filmed in Western Pennsylvania.

Hanks’ performance is only a part of the drama, but his gentle, whole-body transformation into Rogers drew thunderous applause from festival audiences and rave reviews from critics.

“Hanks isn’t just good — he’s transporting,” wrote Variety.

Those who made it into the screening have been posting rave reviews.

The film opens in theaters Nov. 22.

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