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
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
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
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
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
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
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
November 21, 2013
This poignant and painful ensemble drama about the lesser-known figures caught up in the JFK assassination reminds us that history happens to regular people, too.

Empire Magazine
November 17, 2013
Dramatically it's bitty, with, to paraphrase a great American newsman of the time, too much, too fast. But there is no denying how absorbing the tumultuous events of those four days remain.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jonathan Robbins
Film Comment Magazine
November 4, 2013
For a film about tragedy writ large, Parkland manages to convey a deeper message of reconciliation and redemption
Pete Hammond
Movieline
October 11, 2013
Docudrama about the JFK assasination from different points of view of people on the sidelines has its moments but ultimately falls short of its potential. Still if you are into this subject as the 50th anni nears you may want to go.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
October 11, 2013
Somber but fascinating docudrama.
Craig Seligman
Bloomberg News
October 11, 2013
Despite flare-ups of anger and emotion that the actors could easily chew on, they rise to the seriousness of the occasion and rein themselves in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
James Mottram
The List
October 8, 2013
It's competently assembled, and certainly engaging, but it's hard to see what the point of Parkland is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
October 7, 2013
Parkland is a well-made movie that strenuously avoids having any sort of point.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
October 5, 2013
Landesman's film isn't about the Kennedy assassination so much as it is about the rippling effect it had on the ordinary people who dealt with its aftermath.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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