Parkland Reviews

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Jordan Adler
We Got This Covered
October 3, 2013
Parkland is a frustratingly slight docudrama that does a poor job of explaining why its many characters, which stand on the periphery of JFK's assassination, are intriguing historical figures whose stories deserve to be told.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Travis Hopson
Examiner.com
October 3, 2013
Parkland works when focusing on the little things, making us feel like true witnesses to history rather than judging it through the benefit of hindsight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Oliver Lyttelton
The Playlist
September 1, 2013
This November marks the 50th anniversary of his assassination in Dealey Plaza, and as such, it was inevitable that there'd be some kind of film to mark the occasion. We just wish it wasn't as terrible as "Parkland,"
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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
Andy Lea
Daily Star
November 19, 2013
Without any intrigue, the film plays like a long, mostly well-acted Crimewatch reconstruction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Sandy Schaefer
ScreenRant
October 4, 2013
By the end, Parkland does little more than exploit JFK's murder through a cinematic recreation - one that fails to shed new light or insight.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
William Bibbiani
CraveOnline
October 2, 2013
Somehow, Parkland turns the John F. Kennedy assassination into 'just a bunch of stuff that happened.'
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
Vincent Mancini
FilmDrunk
October 4, 2013
A shouty acting exercise masquerading as history. Like Jobs before it, Parkland is a movie that seems to have been researched with exhaustive study of other movies and only a cursory skim of its own subject matter. DRAMA!
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Guy Lodge
HitFix
September 6, 2013
Structured a little like a hypothetical 1963 Twitter timeline, narrowed by the hashtag #JFKRIP: none of the participants have much to say about the man or his absence, but they're appropriately sad about it.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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.
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
October 3, 2013
All we learn is that this happened and then this and then this -- the movie is like a multimillion-dollar grade-school play.
Joe Gross
Austin American-Statesman
October 3, 2013
JFK conspiracy advocates are invited to hold their letters; Parkland isn't really about all that, which is both a strength and a weakness. In contrast to, say, the phantasmagorical JFK, it is impossible to tell where history stops and Parkland begins.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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
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October 4, 2013
Somehow, all this commotion adds up to aimless inertia, in part because the movie lacks a point of view - let alone anything fresh to propose about the assassination or its peripheral players.
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
October 1, 2013
While this cast and this story could easily have filled, say, a ten-hour HBO miniseries, this 93-minute film too often feels like a blink-and-you'll-miss-em affair.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 3, 2013
The minidramas on display, in the hospital or in the anguish of Zapruder's accidental chronicling of a horror, dart this way and that, inconclusively.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
Tim Grierson
Screen International
September 1, 2013
Proves both melodramatic and undernourished, although this ensemble piece is grimly compelling throughout.
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
October 16, 2013
[A] howling dud.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Bruce Ingram
Chicago Sun-Times
October 3, 2013
Fifty years after the traumatic event, the assassination of JFK is still capable of touching a raw nerve -- even in a dramatization as flat-footed as this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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