Our Nixon Reviews

Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
Top Critic
October 9, 2013

A capably done account of a presidential career that was wrecked by a crime that was unnecessary.

John Hartl
Seattle Times
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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
David Denby
New Yorker
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September 16, 2013

[A] shrewdly edited collection of news footage and "home movies" taken by members of the Nixon White House staff ...

Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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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
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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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.

Jordan Hoffman
New York Daily News
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August 30, 2013

[S]hows the precise moment when new image technology would alter power.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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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
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
Top Critic
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
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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August 29, 2013

Our Nixon shows that while the stooges were good at scheming (up until Watergate, at least) they sucked as filmmakers.

A.A. Dowd
AV Club
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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
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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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
Stephanie Zacharek
Village Voice
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August 27, 2013

More entertaining curio than revelatory document.

Neil Young
Hollywood Reporter
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August 26, 2013

Efficient found-footage collage is more evocative than revelatory.

Glenn Garvin
Miami Herald
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August 2, 2013

It evokes a such crazy quilt of emotions and memories that children all over America are going to be wondering why their grandparents are crying or throwing shoes at the TV or both.

Hank Stuever
Washington Post
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August 1, 2013

Our Nixon is a love song to a man who knew victories but just couldn't win.

David Hinckley
New York Daily News
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August 1, 2013

It just feels redundant. Perhaps little or nothing on the home movies lent itself to a richer portrait.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
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August 1, 2013

The retrieved home movie footage creates a lambent prism through which the '70s seem like a simpler time. It also makes Our Nixon a uniquely dynamic time capsule.

Alessandra Stanley
New York Times
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August 1, 2013

After two hours, Nixon remains a riveting enigma.

Variety Staff
Variety
Top Critic
July 31, 2013

A brisk, eye-opening documentary about the Nixon White House, this triumph of editing is composed of homemovies, accompanied by later TV interviews and priceless audio from the secret tapes, making it a must-see for anyone interested in Americana.

Dorothy Rabinowitz
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic
July 26, 2013

This highly personal view of the Nixon years is, for obvious reasons, a sad and wrenching one-a film that is nonetheless filled with spirit, humor and a bountiful sense of irony.


Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
July 18, 2013

It's a haunting, thoroughly evocative ride.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5