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The President's Analyst

The President's Analyst (1967)



Average Rating: 7.8/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 0

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The President's Analyst is James Coburn, whose position makes him privy to any number of delicate government secrets. Thus Coburn becomes a most desirable prize for several secret-agent organizations, including the CEA and the FBR (we know who these folks are really supposed to be, even though the phony names were crudely dubbed onto the soundtrack after the film was completed). When Coburn becomes expendable, he finds a pair of strong allies in the form of likeable political assassin Godfrey


Drama, Classics, Comedy

Theodore J. Flicker

Jun 8, 2004

Paramount Pictures

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To realize that such studio entertainments found a way to accommodate politics and satire is to mourn something largely lost.

June 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Theodore Flicker's genial exercise in comic paranoia re-emerges, for no apparent reason, a reasonably fit and funny artifact from the age of grooviness.

June 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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If Philip K. Dick had worked for Mad magazine, he might have come up with The President's Analyst.

January 18, 2008 Full Review Source:
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The President's Analyst is a superior satire on some sacred cows, principally the lightly camouflaged FBI, hippies, psychiatry, liberal and conservative politics -- and the telephone company.

April 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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Overall it's hilarious stuff, held together by Coburn's tongue-in-cheek performance, one of his best.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Writer and director Theodore Flicker's satire is modern and biting, and there are many fine, subtle touches in the film.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Mindless bureaucracy, Cold War mentality, blind liberalism, and psychoanalysis are spoofed in this fast-paced comedy.

April 2, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Clever political comedy that assumed cult status.

October 25, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

plays like a frivolous waste of time when it should have taken a more satirical tack

May 31, 2004 Full Review Source:

A clever, cynical and paranoid satire.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4

A cold war comic masterpiece

September 14, 2002
Laramie Movie Scope

Pretty clever satire that holds up nicely

August 26, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for The President's Analyst

This is such a great wacky adventure comedy movie, it's really different too, and I loved the crazy ending. I highly recommend it.
December 10, 2010

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"In every country I've ever gone, people hate the phone company!" -- Russian spy

Very funny and at times silly comedy about what befalls James Coburn once he thinks he's landed a dream job by becoming the President's personal shrink. But it turns out that many factions would be very interested in the secret thoughts of the leader of the free world! Coburn is very loose as the title character who grows increasingly paranoid about his position and becomes the target of an international manhunt. A whole lot of lampooning gets thrown into the mix, from psychiatrists, hippies, gun fanatics, government, bureaucracy, and yes, the phone company.
January 30, 2009
Doctor Strangeblog

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zany to the max!!! plot veers all over the place like a drunk driver on a Saturday night....solid cast and a fun romp from start to finish...Coburn's funniest role...a must see
June 7, 2008
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