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A taut, solidly acted paean to the benefits of a free press and the dangers of unchecked power, made all the more effective by its origins in real-life events. Read critic reviews

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Two green reporters and rivals working for the Washington Post, Bob Woodward (Robert Redford) and Carl Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman), research the botched 1972 burglary of the Democratic Party Headquarters at the Watergate apartment complex. With the help of a mysterious source, code-named Deep Throat (Hal Holbrook), the two reporters make a connection between the burglars and a White House staffer. Despite dire warnings about their safety, the duo follows the money all the way to the top.

Cast & Crew

Robert Redford
Bob Woodward
Dustin Hoffman
Carl Bernstein
Jack Warden
Harry M. Rosenfeld
Martin Balsam
Howard Simons
Hal Holbrook
Deep Throat
Jason Robards
Ben Bradlee
Meredith Baxter
Debbie Sloan
Stephen Collins
Hugh W. Sloan Jr.
Carl Bernstein
Writer (Book)
Bob Woodward
Writer (Book)
Jon Boorstin
Associate Producer
Michael Britton
Associate Producer
David Shire
Original Music
Gordon Willis
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Critic Reviews for All the President's Men

All Critics (64) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (60) | Rotten (4)

  • A story that has been marshalled with dazzling skill and precision, but lacks the imaginative hooks that might have taken it even further in mood and meaning.

    March 17, 2020 | Full Review…
  • All the President's Men is a quintessential American movie: It does a lot of things well and makes it all look simple. It works on several levels.

    March 31, 2016 | Full Review…
  • While there's an undoubted fascination in all this, after a couple of hours it begins to wear thin.

    July 22, 2015 | Full Review…
  • The opening of the film, with Woodward (Robert Redford) and Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) first stumbling over the story, is involving and sometimes exciting, but from then on it degenerates into confusion and repetition.

    July 22, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Political commentators seem to feel that this All the President's Men will have a far-reaching political impact this year. I'd be more inclined to believe it if the film affected a provocative emotional tone. Pakula is just too cool under the collar.

    July 21, 2015 | Full Review…
  • As smart and cautionary now as it was in the '70s.

    February 13, 2012 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for All the President's Men

  • Oct 26, 2018
    Pakula creates a remarkably absorbing drama that moves without hurry, following each step of a real-life journalistic investigation that should remind us of the absolute importance of a free press in democratic countries where powerful people still believe they can rise above the law.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 22, 2017
    Bogged down by over-plotting in its second half, but nonetheless well acted and shockingly relevant in today's political climate.
    Isaac H Super Reviewer
  • Feb 11, 2016
    The classic investigative story -- important. Great performance by Robert Redford.
    Kyle M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 19, 2015
    Even if the story of Watergate itself wasn't as interesting as it is, this film would probably be just as good. All the President's Men is a fascinating portrait of how two men took down a president. But more importantly, it really captures the chaotic life of an investigative journalist. The story is obviously devastating for many people across America, but by far the best part about this film is watching the events unfold in a unique way through Alan Pukula's directing. So much of films now in days take and are inspired from this movie. Centered around Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, who were for all intents and purposes two of the most important men in the history of American journalism, but also ironically some of the only people who dared even go near the Watergate Scandal. The film can get confusing sometimes with all the dozens of names that are thrown around and who's working for who or who is telling the truth, but that's why the film works. Not only does it keep you on the edge of your seat even when we all know the ending, but you find yourself raising your eyebrows at events that seem absolutely unreasonable. It won the Oscar for best screenplay which is fine, but I think it's a crime Pukula didn't win for directing. I think Pukula took what is probably a great book, and enhanced it significantly. The screenplay is solid, but it's the camera angles, editing, and acting that take the film to the next level. It's a rare film in which I'm more interested in how it was made over the actual story the film is based on. Aside from the great technical aspects, it's interesting to watch Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford's performances change over the course of the film. Hoffman is evidently more aggressive than Redord, but as the story takes it's many turns and tensions arise, the roles are reversed. As a writer myself, it was just very interesting to watch the tactics each writer used in order to get information. All the President's Men has a great story, performances, and many other things, but I was most impressed with the technical side of this film. +Directing +Camera angles, long takes +Role reversal with the two writers 8.5/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer

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