• PG-13, 1 hr. 33 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Peter Landesman
    In Theaters:
    Oct 4, 2013 Limited
    On DVD:
    Nov 5, 2013
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Parkland Reviews

Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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Kennedy specialists will glean nothing new, and those hoping for sobriety will flinch at the camera's intrusions.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

October 8, 2013
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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This episodic drama is set in Dallas during the three days after the JFK assassination, and some of it is highly charged.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

October 4, 2013
Ella Taylor
NPR
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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.

Full Review Source: NPR

October 4, 2013
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Takes one of the most traumatizing events of the American 20th century and turns it into a trivia digest.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 4, 2013
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Parkland is history as existential despair.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 4, 2013
Tom Long
Detroit News
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For those who remember that dark day, it will inevitably have impact. But this was too much of a story for one film.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C+

October 4, 2013
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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I can see this film being shown in high school, as a way to fill up two-or-three periods. But I can't see anyone wanting to see it on their own. Especially if they already lived through it once.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 4, 2013
Bruce Ingram
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 3, 2013
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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There's something to be said for Landesman's attempt to limit himself to just the facts that we can all agree on. Just that much is dramatic enough and awful enough to make for a good movie.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

October 3, 2013
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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"Parkland" succeeds as it fails. For whatever its flaws, it is unforgettable.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

October 3, 2013
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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You're left wondering why it was made.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

October 3, 2013
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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A collection of powerful scenes that somehow add up to something less than powerful.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 3, 2013
Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
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This star-studded docudrama about President Kennedy's assassination and its aftermath focuses on fascinating, relatively obscure stories, but fails to organize them into effective and revealing drama.

Full Review Source: Orange County Register | Original Score: C+

October 3, 2013
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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The events of those days would have been better covered in greater depth in a miniseries, rather than a 90-minute movie.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 3, 2013
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Parkland is wildly uneven, although compulsively watchable.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 3, 2013
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Peter Landesman's well-made but dramatically unfocused re-creation of that November day and its aftermath ...

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 3, 2013
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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The assassination of John F. Kennedy, as seen through the eyes of bystanders, insiders and other players.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

October 3, 2013
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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There are 8 million stories in this naked tragedy. Parkland is content to tell parts of some of them.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B-

October 3, 2013
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It's sober, responsible and rather humdrum.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

October 3, 2013
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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Methodically and with generally unfailing good restraint, Landesman re-creates the grief surrounding the crime and the confusion of Oswald's capture and subsequent murder.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 3, 2013
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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While pretending to avoid controversy, debut director Peter Landesman continually steps out of bounds.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2/4

October 3, 2013
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Peter Landesman's bland Parkland approaches history by way of mediocrity.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

October 3, 2013
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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[Parkland] might have made for a stirring documentary. Instead, first-time director Peter Landesman opts to treat history as a parade of cameos from the famous and not-so-famous.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 3, 2013
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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It's a worthy film, well shot, well told, but told at a remove. This is understandable, given what Landesman is trying to do.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

October 3, 2013
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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The movie winds up telling us far more about our own time than the nation-changing event that it depicts.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

October 3, 2013
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

October 3, 2013
Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
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All we learn is that this happened and then this and then this -- the movie is like a multimillion-dollar grade-school play.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

October 3, 2013
Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
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As vicarious, you-are-there re-creations of historical events go, it's creditably workmanlike; whether that's the best use of the dream factory is another matter.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C+

October 3, 2013
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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An absorbing new footnote to a history lesson that will never fade.

Full Review Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 3/4

October 2, 2013
Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
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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.

Full Review Source: TheWrap

October 1, 2013
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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The tone never stops waffling, and nothing truly revelatory ever emerges about those terrible few days in Texas. What we're left with is the Disney theme-park version of history-all waxworks and weepiness.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

October 1, 2013
Pete Vonder Haar
Village Voice
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Well-intentioned but unfulfilling ...

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 1, 2013
Laremy Legel
Film.com
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A relatively watchable film that needed a bit more connective tissue.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: 6.2/10

September 8, 2013
Jon Frosch
The Atlantic
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Once Kennedy is pronounced dead, "Parkland" goes downhill fast, with a tone of TV-movie solemnity, epitomized by James Newton Howard's heavy-handed score, taking over.

Full Review Source: The Atlantic

September 3, 2013
Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter
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The film is otherwise engrossing, quietly revelatory, and often profoundly moving as it retells a story we only thought we knew.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

September 3, 2013
Peter Debruge
Variety
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[An] inadvertently tacky restaging of events.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 3, 2013
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