All the President's Men Reviews

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May 13, 2020
As grippingly suspenseful as any James Bond thriller, and it's all true.
March 17, 2020
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.
February 13, 2020
Although many tales have been told, it is the genesis story of the Nixon/Watergate scandal that remains its most compelling.
November 15, 2019
It is not the definitive movie on Watergate, but it is, for the Seventies, a definitive movie about the American character, and as such, one of the most important film experiences of the decade.
June 24, 2019
Removed from its topical urgency, it remains a vigorously entertaining pursuit of accuracy and accountability. Revisited, it's clear how much inspiration David Fincher took for Zodiac to depict investigative reporting and workplace dynamics.
December 16, 2018
A bravura piece of filmmaking to rank alongside his earlier 'paranoia' gem, The Parallax View.
May 23, 2017
A timely political drama for the Trump reign.
April 13, 2016
Pakula was clearly talented from the moment he lensed his first feature, but like so many other New Hollywood icons, nationwide recognition didn't come until he took on the story of one of the great con jobs on the American people, the Watergate scandal.
April 3, 2016
[VIDEO ESSAY] Pakula fetishizes America's now-defunct newsroom culture that once promised to keep America's political process honest, if not accountable.
March 31, 2016
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.
July 22, 2015
While there's an undoubted fascination in all this, after a couple of hours it begins to wear thin.
July 22, 2015
You might be rather baffled at times if you are unfamiliar with such names as Stans, Strachan and Kleindienst. I suspect that you would still be fascinated and entertained.
July 22, 2015
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
One of the best movies ever made about American politics.
July 21, 2015
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.
April 18, 2014
This superb film has long been acknowledged as a classic political thriller, but watching it in today's climate, at a point when a timid and ineffectual media is par for the course, also reveals its increasingly significant value as a time capsule piece.
February 12, 2013
The effect of All the President's Men is not to make Watergate more real but to make it more remote.
October 9, 2012
The world is beyond saving, it says. It's one of the last great films of its era that has anyone who thinks it deserves saving.
February 13, 2012
As smart and cautionary now as it was in the '70s.
June 9, 2011
A finer political film you will not find. It should be declared a national treasure.
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