The Assassination of Richard Nixon Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
January 20, 2005
Despite Penn's evocative portrayal of the desperate Bicke, you can figure out from the first five minutes exactly where the film is going.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
May 23, 2004
Well-shot (by cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki) and well-acted but the narrative is just skin and bones.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 30, 2004
Penn and the historical context will generate some interest, but the film's ultimate reception is likely to be as chilly as the month in which it receives its theatrical release (December 2004).
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
January 21, 2005
The plodding story, which in studying its character's defeated mediocrity, begins to take that aspect on itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Barsanti
Film Threat
December 28, 2004
The primary problem with "The Assassination of Richard Nixon" comes in its attempts to make drama out of a minor man's minor stab at infamy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Nick Schager
Filmcritic.com
December 27, 2004
hampered by its unimaginative resemblance to Taxi Driver
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
January 21, 2005
The movie really misses something by ignoring poor Officer Ramsburg, and also the other cop who intervened. I could see how that movie would work: It could cross-cut dynamically between the mentally ill man and the two officers.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
June 1, 2004
Fails to stir much involvement or sympathy.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
December 30, 2004
Because there's no discernible point to this film about one man's plan to 'incinerate Dick Nixon,' it has only craft and technique to recommend it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 18, 2009
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
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Christy Lemire
Journal News (Westchester, NY)
January 15, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 6, 2005
The film struggles with its attempt to define just who Bicke really is in the months prior to his "attack," and comes up with nothing more than a cipher.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeremiah Kipp
Slant Magazine
December 3, 2004
A bitter pill.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Susan Granger
Modamag.com
December 28, 2004
Tedious, bleak, bizarre curiosity detailing the frustrations of a despicable, homicidal sociopath
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
December 31, 2004
[E]nds up feeling like a bizarre apologetic for a man who refused to take any responsibility for himself...
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
December 30, 2004
There's little here to make his movie truly dramatic, or even different from those that have gone before.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
December 30, 2004
Even if audiences can get by the tasteless shock title, it's tough to figure who will ever watch this movie -- even when it's on cable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 13, 2005
Maybe Mueller, who wrote Tadpole and has been nursing this project for five years, wasn't quite ready to direct it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 20, 2005
Has neither the freaky electricity of Taxi Driver nor the gloomy resonance of Death of a Salesman.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 20, 2005
The problem is, Assassination just makes you think of other, better films that have tackled similar subjects.
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com
September 3, 2005
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Logan Hill
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 15, 2005
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October 18, 2008
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
January 21, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

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June 10, 2005
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September 26, 2005
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June 24, 2006
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