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The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004)

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 18

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The true story of a man who, on February 22, 1974, was thwarted from an ambitious plan for political assassination provides the basis for this striking psychological drama. Sam Bicke (Sean Penn) is a salesman for an office-supply company whose life is slowly beginning to unravel. Bicke's job is going nowhere, his wife, Marie (Naomi Watts), has left him, and his boss (Jack Thompson) keeps pushing self-help books on him that make a mockery of his state of mind. One of Bicke's few friends is Bonny

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Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Niels Mueller, Kevin Kennedy

Apr 26, 2005

$0.6M

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Sean Penn brings this obscure failure back to life in a vivid portrayal of a madman in the making, a madman who had a date with a gun and history.

February 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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It's not just Nixon's shadow that hangs like a cloud over Assassination, it's the shadow of the bummerific era of American movies his regime spawned.

February 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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The idea that assassins are products of their times is intriguing, but The Assassination of Richard Nixon is betrayed by its ambitions and pretensions.

February 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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A well-made if relatively uninvolved character study with nothing noteworthy to say.

January 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
Detroit Free Press
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Features a bravura performance by Penn as a frustrated and deluded loser, but there isn't much else to recommend. The story is a one-note drag.

January 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
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Assassination is an odd little movie. It's exceptionally well-done but doesn't attain the levels of meaning for which it seems to be striving.

January 21, 2005
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Debut writer/director Neils Mueller (co-writer on "Tadpole") stitches together an ambiguous meditation on the pervasive affects of government corruption during the Nixon Administration that led a Baltimore man to attempt to kill the President by hijacking

April 18, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

The film manages something quite remarkable, both a compassion for Bicke's wounded sense of life's betrayals, and stark revulsion for the personal logic of his bloody remedy.

May 28, 2007 Full Review
Long Island Press

(...) Niels Mueller (...) conduce el relato con seguridad y tensión creciente hacia el inevitable estallido de violencia final.

December 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

There are good things about the movie, but it finally trips itself up on its two-fisted seriousness.

September 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Gets stuck using as its messenger such a wacko.

May 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's a small and quiet drama, but it's also one that sucks you in quite smoothly. Penn, as always, is fantastic.

April 26, 2005 Full Review Source: DVD Clinic
DVD Clinic

This movie provides a lot of food for thought about true believers who don't mind killing people to achieve their goals.

April 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

By the close you're convinced that there should have been more to the film than what ended up onscreen.

April 19, 2005 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

An engaging, thought-provoking drama that is frequently unbearably moving thanks to career best work from Sean Penn.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

A forgotten chapter of history that exposes truths about the American dream worth remembering.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Gazette

One of the most successful attempts to tell the tale of an, ultimately, criminal person without ever forcing us to condone his crimes.

April 2, 2005 Full Review Source: FilmFocus

It makes for a grim time at the movies, but also a sobering one because it seeks truth, not sensationalism, in ugliness.

March 30, 2005 Full Review

Even with three top-flight actors, The Assassination of Richard Nixon never becomes much more than a character study of a footnote in American history.

March 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Des Moines Register
Des Moines Register

A case study devoid of empathy, it's Taxi Driver from Cybill Shepherd's point of view.

March 5, 2005
Philadelphia Weekly

Penn delivers another of the incisive and riveting performances we've come to expect from one of our greatest actors.

March 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Penn's challenge was to create a distinct character, especially with the shadow of Travis Bickle looming ... he largely succeeds, although he doesn't achieve De Niro's pathos.

March 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

Penn's agonized performance in this under-the-radar drama is better than his Oscar-winning work in Mystic River.

February 28, 2005
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

You'll believe a worm can kvetch.

February 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

A starkly ambitious endeavor for such a fellow, and Mueller pulls it off well, if not perfectly.

February 20, 2005 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

The film should be seen for the performances alone.

February 17, 2005 Full Review Source: Sympatico.ca

Audience Reviews for The Assassination of Richard Nixon

The Assassination of Richard Nixon has everything you could hope for in a quality film. An engaging story full of interesting characters, great acting, score and all that jazz, a great piece of work. The film is set in the 1970s and revolves around it's central character, Sam Bick, a man who can't hold down a job, and has problems connecting with people socially. The film follows Sam on his unrelenting course of bad luck that will eventually prove to be too much for him to take. Compared by many to Taxi Driver, the film perhaps has more in common with Falling Down, Sam always complains about being held down by "the system" and how "the little man" is mistreated and such, the film does very well with this topic, leaving it open as to whether Sam is letting it get to him too much, or if he really is being mistreated, certainly different viewpoints and multiple viewings could generate many different views on the film. Sean Penn as usual is an acting tour de force, I've often criticised him privately for taking what I'd called "Gunning for Ocsars roles" a role that involves a mental breakdown or a disability or suchlike covered in a dramatic manner, that usually guarantees an Oscar nomination. An actor solely concerned with winning trophies, I do sometimes wish he'd take a few more risks rather than sticking to the "oscar" formula. He could be accused of that again here, but to be honest, whatever his intentions with making such a film, if he puts in a good performance there can be no complaints, and here he is exceptional, never going over the top, it's easily one of his best performances and certainly, the character of Sam Bicke is one that any actor would relish and provides good subject matter for a very good film. 4 Stars 9-29-13
September 30, 2013
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Bruce Bruce

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Not an "entertaining" film to watch here, but Sean Penn's performance as a soul drowning in an avalanche of setbacks is as definite as the sound of a gunshot ... and as clearly recognizable. The rest of the cast compliments the drowning absolutely with apt portrayals of "please God, don't let it be me". Difficult to watch, as I said. Very true.
June 30, 2012
ApeneckFletcher

Super Reviewer

Sean Penn puts in one of his best performances to date in this highly underrated thriller based on true life events.
September 16, 2009
SirPant

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"I am but a grain of sand. The meek shall not inherit the earth. The earth belongs to the bullies who do not care how they get to the top."A film inspired by a true story about the life of an ordinary man who plotted to kill Nixon.Another one of those sad stories of a person channeling his lifes frustration and dissillusionment from the government and the country he loves, to a specific individual.Sean Penns acting is always something to see, the script was moderately smart, but I guess this just isnt my cup of tea. It just felt flat out, dreary and dry. I was waiting for a the big breakthrough in the pacing of the film but no big drama ever came out of it, it never happened, and Im left hangging. I never even cried throughout the movie!Seriously not recommended.If you want to see Sean Penn in a tear jerking drama you're better off watching I am Sam.Genre: Biography, Crime & DramaDirector: Niels MuellerRated R
May 1, 2009
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