Interview With the Assassin Reviews

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Larry Carroll
Countingdown.com
November 20, 2002

There is enough creativity on display to make the film intriguing. Unlike the subject of the story, however, Interview with the Assassin misses its target.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
David Cornelius
eFilmCritic.com
June 17, 2003

It could've been a great thriller, but not once does Burger create a believable moment.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dennis Lim
Village Voice
Top Critic
November 12, 2002

Never quite transcends jokester status ... and the punchline doesn't live up to Barry's dead-eyed, perfectly chilled delivery.

Lou Lumenick
New York Post
Top Critic
November 15, 2002

Few of the increasingly far-fetched events that first-time writer-director Neil Burger follows up with are terribly convincing, which is a pity, considering Barry's terrific performance.

| Original Score: 2/4
John Anderson
Newsday
Top Critic
November 15, 2002

While Interview With the Assassin has a nicely nuanced performance from the veteran character actor Barry, it also has tonal problems.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
Top Critic
November 22, 2002

Comes off as a film-school stunt that never breathes the air outside its sealed-off universe.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic
November 22, 2002

In the end, the movie bogs down in insignificance, saying nothing about Kennedy's assassination and revealing nothing about the pathology it pretends to investigate.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews
January 2, 2012

it adds no substantial insights into the mind of an assassin

Full Review | Original Score: D+
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
April 5, 2003

As for the script, it wanders around in circles when it should be building a sense of paranoia and menace.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
October 29, 2002

The film has a difficult time shaking its Blair Witch Project real-time roots.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Michael Booth
Denver Post
Top Critic
November 22, 2002

An uneven exploration of the T-shirt slogan question posed by Walter's claim: Is he paranoid, or is everybody really out to get him?

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
September 25, 2002

May reawaken discussion of the Kennedy assassination but this fictional film looks made for cable rather than for the big screen.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Luisa F. Ribeiro
Boxoffice Magazine
November 8, 2002

An achingly enthralling premise, the film is hindered by uneven dialogue and plot lapses.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
November 14, 2002

A cleverly crafted but ultimately hollow mockumentary.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Tor Thorsen
Reel.com
November 15, 2002

More of an intriguing curiosity than a gripping thriller.

| Original Score: 2.5/4
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
Top Critic
November 22, 2002

Begins as a promising meditation on one of America's most durable obsessions but winds up as a slender cinematic stunt.

Mike Ward
PopMatters
January 12, 2003

A Blair Witch-inspired mockumentary that, while based on a brilliant premise, is disappointingly bumpy nonetheless.

Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
August 11, 2005

| Original Score: 2/5

E! Online
November 15, 2002

By the end, the flick can't support its intriguing premise and ends up like a shell casing clanging on pavement: more hollow than whole.

Full Review | Original Score: B-
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 31, 2003

...best seen as speculative history, as much an exploration of the paranoid impulse as a creative sequel to the Warren Report.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jeanne Aufmuth
Aufmuth.com
November 19, 2002

The atmosphere is thick with conspiracy and the potential for danger.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

Boston Phoenix
November 23, 2002

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