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Oswald's Ghost Reviews

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Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

The title of this nonfiction examination into JFK's assassination implies that its focus is the legacy of Lee Harvey Oswald and his infamous crime, but the truth is far more mundane.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

November 26, 2007
Maureen M. Hart
Chicago Tribune
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After a strong start, Oswald's Ghost ends up as ephemeral as its namesake.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 15, 2007
Phil Hall
Film Threat

The only obvious question that Oswald's Ghost raises is: how come Mort Sahl wasn't in the movie?

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 2/5

December 2, 2007
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

Taking on the most over-used documentary topic in America, this JFK assassination flick has to produce a new angle. It doesn't do it.

| Original Score: 5/10

December 7, 2007
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat

What starts out interesting eventually feels unfocused: Just what was the rationale for making this in the first place?

December 21, 2007
John P. McCarthy
Boxoffice Magazine

Although [the director] often shifts abruptly from micro to macro, the film holds together, and a two-pronged thesis gradually emerges.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine

November 30, 2007
Kam Williams
Sly Fox

The more interesting question to raise might be "What toll does it take on a society when someone as inconsequential as Lee Harvey Oswald can slay someone as historically significant as JFK?

Full Review Source: Sly Fox | Original Score: 3/4

January 10, 2008
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

Of course, it doesn't tell us what really happened; that's still shrouded in mystery and always will be, since Lee Harvey Oswald was shot within two days of his arrest.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

December 12, 2008
Brian Orndorf
eFilmCritic.com

Filmmaker Robert Stone doesn't have the answer, but his curiosity about Oswald and the entire assassination experience has been shaped into this fascinating documentary.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: B

November 30, 2007
Eric Kohn
New York Press

The selling point of Oswald's Ghost, Robert Stone's documentary about the enigmatic blue collar Texan generally regarded as the assassin of President John F. Kennedy, is its refusal to dispute the safest assumption.

Full Review Source: New York Press

November 28, 2007
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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[A] meticulously researched, seemingly unbiased summary of the [JFK] killing and the major conspiracy theories.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

November 30, 2007
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

So long as filmmakers think they're exposing hidden facts, we'll be experiencing the effects of "Oswald's Ghost" long into the future.

Full Review Source: Cinema Signals | Original Score: 3/5

January 23, 2008
Hank Sartin
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

November 17, 2011
Leba Hertz
San Francisco Chronicle
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This is a good refresher course for those who aren't familiar with the JFK assassination. But despite the film's attempts to close the case, there will always be questions about what happened on that November day in Dallas.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

October 12, 2007
Eric Monder
Film Journal International

Though the film may not change many minds about what happened and why, at least it attempts to describe and explain events like few other documentaries on the same topic.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

November 30, 2007
Joe Leydon
Variety
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Impresses as a concise, intelligent and rigorously well-researched piece of work.

Full Review Source: Variety

November 20, 2007
Michael Fox
Village Voice
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Stone argues quite convincingly that Kennedy's horrifically violent death will continue to prickle the national psyche.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 27, 2007
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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Oswald's Ghost is a thorough and systematic primer on how and why the JFK assassination became a generational obsession, and seemed to signal the demolition of at least one version of the American dream.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

November 29, 2007
Noel Murray
AV Club
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Though the material is hardly fresh, it retains some fascination, and Stone has assembled Oswald's Ghost well, with few of the stylistic tics that marred his Guerilla: The Taking Of Patty Hearst.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B-

November 29, 2007
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Veteran conspiracy buffs probably won't find much of Stone's material particularly new, but Stone's film does serve as a neat summary for the rest of us while offering a number of intriguing insights into how conspiracy theories work...

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

November 30, 2007

Variety
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