Interview with the Assassin Reviews

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 30, 2009
I haven't yet decided whether Burger is exposing our paranoia or exploiting it, but if people are more inclined to believe him than the Warren Report, is that his fault?
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Walter Dawkins
Variety
January 1, 2009
Interview With the Assassin is a satisfying picture that like a pot of water on the stove keeps heating up until it explodes.
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
March 13, 2003
There are no big-name actors and no fancy camera work. But that's what makes it interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 26, 2002
This film offers a compelling scenario of what could have happened.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
November 22, 2002
[Barry] gives Assassin a disquieting authority.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
November 22, 2002
Begins as a promising meditation on one of America's most durable obsessions but winds up as a slender cinematic stunt.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 22, 2002
As an exercise in stripped-down filmmaking, Interview is grimly effective.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
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
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
November 21, 2002
A savvy exploration of paranoia and insecurity in America's culture of fear.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Patrick Z. McGavin
Chicago Tribune
November 21, 2002
Consummate actor Barry has done excellent work here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
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
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
November 15, 2002
This cinema verite speculation on the assassination of John F. Kennedy may have been inspired by Blair Witch, but it takes its techniques into such fresh territory that the film never feels derivative.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
November 14, 2002
The film's best trick is the way that it treats conspiracy as a kind of political Blair Witch, a monstrous murk that haunts us precisely because it can never be seen.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Dave Kehr
New York Times
November 14, 2002
Resourceful and ingenious entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
November 14, 2002
Whether softening his military cadences with a touch of the South or shimmying down the outside wall of a motel, the veteran character actor [Barry] goes a long way toward padding what is a clever if fundamentally minor conceit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
November 12, 2002
Never quite transcends jokester status ... and the punchline doesn't live up to Barry's dead-eyed, perfectly chilled delivery.