Parkland (2013)



Critic Consensus: Although its decision to look at John F. Kennedy's assassination through uncommon perspectives is refreshing, Parkland never achieves the narrative cohesion its subject deserves.

Movie Info

PARKLAND recounts the chaotic events that occurred in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963, the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Written and directed by Peter Landesman and produced by Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, Bill Paxton and Exclusive Media's Nigel Sinclair and Matt Jackson, PARKLAND is the ferocious, heart-stopping and powerful true story never told of the people behind the scenes of one of the most scrutinized events in history. (c) Exclusive Releasing

Rating: PG-13 (for bloody sequences of ER trauma procedures, some violent images and language, and smoking throughout)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Peter Landesman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 5, 2013
Box Office: $0.7M
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Critic Reviews for Parkland

All Critics (119) | Top Critics (36)

A ( ... ) pragmatic, four-day, fly-on-the-wall view of Dallas when the 20th Century's most documented death arguably facilitated the birth of 24-hour rolling news, citizen journalism and You Tube.

Full Review… | October 10, 2014
Birmingham Mail

Had Landesman spent a bit more time on his characters and narrative, he might have made a more watchable movie.

Full Review… | April 28, 2014
America Magazine

Parkland is a movie of simple motives. It doesn't waste time with pomp or theory, and the material is acted by those who connect with the characters like reflections in the mirror.

Full Review… | January 24, 2014

Ultimately Parkland is not thought-provoking, inspiring or even brave enough to be offensive, but it does raise some interesting scenarios and is full of some very solid acting.

Full Review… | January 2, 2014
Fan The Fire

While not bound for classic status, the film still manages to capture a moment in time that changed our country.

Full Review… | December 1, 2013
Aisle Seat

The revelations are unshowy, the emotional clout is stealthy, and JFKologists can rest easy knowing that the project neither engages with nor contradicts their pet preoccupations.

Full Review… | November 27, 2013
Irish Times

Audience Reviews for Parkland

Based on the book from Vincent Bugliosi. A really great writer, by the way. This story was very insightful. It depicts all that happened following the shooting of President Kennedy, and the actions that the Secret Service took that led to many of the conspiracy theories still around today. Great, solid performances caused me to get emotional at times. I thought Paul Giamatti stood above the rest with his great portrayal, and acting. I didn't realize until the end that Tom Hanks, and Bill Paxton, were producers on this film. Nice job done by all!

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

I left feeling unsure about what the goal of this movie was. I've seen better documentaries on TV which went much more in depth with the material. Yet being a factual reenactment, they couldn't exactly give much in the way of twists either; the viewer already knows what's going to happen. So it's either a kind of shallow documentary or the world's most predictable drama.

As other reviewers have noted, the film tries to follow several different individuals and does a pretty poor job developing any of them to a meaningful extent. It starts pretty much out of the gate with the big event, so we don't learn anyone's background, nor does it follow them more than a few days beyond the tragedy. So again, all extremely predictable to anyone who has read a book or watched a decent documentary on the topic. 2 Stars. 12-10-13

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

Following the assassination of John F. Kennedy, he was brought to Parkland Hospital, and this film is tells the story of what Happened on November 22, 1963 and its subsequent aftermath. Considering the subject, Parkland could have been a standout drama. However as it is, it's an average movie, and though I liked it, I also felt something was missing to really make it standout. Some of the cast were good, and the performances were engaging and captivating, but the film also has a short run time, for which the filmmakers seem to try to crame way too much in a 90 minute film. If the film had been two hours and the script with have been tweaked a bit, and then Parkland might have been a great film, but as it stands it's a good movie that never reaches its full potential. If you're interested in what happened after JFK's assassination, then Parkland might give you an insight, but it never is truly accurate or exposes new information on what happened. Even with all of that being said, Parkland still manages to grab your attention, but if you want to know more about the facts, read up on it, and watch plenty of documentaries because, this film is never a portrait of accuracy, and it seems that the filmmakers focused more on making a short picture that should have been made into a two hour film to really make it something engaging. Here we get that feeling, as the assassination part of the President is pulse poundingly shocking and riveting, because it was a dark part of history, one that still resonates to this day. Parkland is a good movie, unfortunately it does boast a few shortcomings, which makes this an average drama, and it's a shame because its subject is truly captivating.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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