Our Nixon Reviews

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Kam Williams
Baret News
February 16, 2014
Trick Dick and Watergate revisited via lost tapes.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
November 9, 2013
Penny Lane's new documentary does something quite different by presenting a portrait of the president as his friends and aides saw him. It's a fascinating watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
October 9, 2013
A capably done account of a presidential career that was wrecked by a crime that was unnecessary.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
September 26, 2013
The result is maudlin beyond belief, especially Nixon's farewell to the aides he's in the process of firing, but other moments simply register as shockingly out of touch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Denby
New Yorker
September 16, 2013
[A] shrewdly edited collection of news footage and "home movies" taken by members of the Nixon White House staff ...
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
September 13, 2013
... offers an intimate behind-the-scenes glimpse into the White House during tumultuous times, especially the foolish chain of events that led to Nixon's downfall.
Bill Brownstein
Montreal Gazette
September 6, 2013
What proves most fascinating is that the three White House cinematographers appear to have been as deluded as their boss.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
September 6, 2013
We get to see film of daughter Tricia's wedding (her father is a surprisingly agile ballroom dancer) and other oddities.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine
September 5, 2013
As fascinating as this peek into daily life at the Nixon White House is, the real power of Our Nixon is its poignant insight into how the impeachable situation unfolded within the president's inner circle.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
Robert Levin
amNewYork
September 3, 2013
A riveting portrait of a man in full.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Matt Zoller Seitz
RogerEbert.com
September 2, 2013
Often plays like a mortifying companion to the Nixon-period sitcom "The Wonder Years."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 30, 2013
There has never been an uninteresting angle on Richard Nixon - the man was too twisted - but Penny Lane's documentary sees him from several especially compelling new vantages.
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Jordan Hoffman
New York Daily News
August 30, 2013
[S]hows the precise moment when new image technology would alter power.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 30, 2013
Mundane movies of events like the president's daughter's wedding and his groundbreaking trip to China are juxtaposed with Nixon's rants about his enemies and the "homosexuals" he believed were leading the US into decline.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
August 30, 2013
It's an exploration of the banality of evil that constantly puts banality first, but this is a relatively narrow experimental film designed to supplement rather than replace more thorough histories.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Barsanti
Film Racket
August 29, 2013
...inexplicably fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
August 29, 2013
The results are akin to seeing the Nixon presidency through the eyes of his top aides; it's as much a portrait of innocence lost as a behind-closed-doors exposť.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Nathan Rabin
The Dissolve
August 29, 2013
Our Nixon provides an intriguing reverse-angle view of Nixon's time in office by presenting him both as a larger-than-life figure of Shakespearean contradictions, and as a supremely weird boss.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 29, 2013
In its refusal to cram a point of view or crucify an easy target,'Our Nixon' is a variation from the tired current non-fiction format.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
August 27, 2013
The real takeaway here is a tone of dawning tragedy, sourness sneaking into even the most innocuous of visual records.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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