Parkland Reviews

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Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
October 10, 2014
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 | Original Score: 4/5
John Anderson
America Magazine
April 28, 2014
Had Landesman spent a bit more time on his characters and narrative, he might have made a more watchable movie.
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
January 24, 2014
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire
January 2, 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 | Original Score: 2/5
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
December 1, 2013
While not bound for classic status, the film still manages to capture a moment in time that changed our country.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tara Brady
Irish Times
November 27, 2013
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Kermode
Observer [UK]
November 24, 2013
Parkland remains a bystander in the already overcrowded field of films about the events of November 1963.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
November 23, 2013
A personal history of a very public disaster that fails to hit as hard as it might as the voices chosen aren't strong enough as written to speak for the people who were there on the day President Kennedy came to town.
Charlotte O'Sullivan
This is London
November 22, 2013
It's slick and well acted (by Paul Giamatti, Zac Efron and Billy Bob Thornton, among others), but this attempt to make new sense of the death of JFK feels staggeringly pointless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
November 22, 2013
A sad tale well told.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
November 22, 2013
Kennedy's death is dramatically reflected via the emergency room emotions.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Stella Papamichael
Digital Spy
November 22, 2013
You can't help feeling that there's more to this story than ever meets the eye.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
November 21, 2013
It does lose a sense of narrative urgency after the grisly demise of Kennedy but fascinates to the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
November 21, 2013
It's a heartfelt, modest and well staged film about the Kennedy assassination ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 21, 2013
Parkland dissects the unfolding drama with the cool blade of an autopsy. Red-hot conspiracy theories are diffused in favour of cold hard facts, making this less compelling drama and more frigid reconstruction.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Antonia Quirke
Financial Times
November 21, 2013
The monumental hand-wringing about Kennedy feels, the further we get away from the event, somehow inappropriate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 21, 2013
A recreation of a tragedy just for the sake of it, with no driving purpose or worthwhile insight except for those curious how to get a coffin on to a plane's passenger section.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies
November 21, 2013
As pure docudrama Parkland is a let down. As a tribute to a great political leader it's bordering on insult.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
November 21, 2013
Engaging, well made drama that adds a number of intriguing, never-before-seen perspectives to the JFK assassination, though the general approach frequently means that the characters feel under-developed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
November 21, 2013
Parkland is the most lucid dramatisation of the tragedy to come out of Hollywood yet.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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