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All the President's Men Reviews

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Chris Cabin
Collider
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.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Joseph Gelmis
Newsday
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.
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Arthur Knight
Hollywood Reporter
July 22, 2015
While there's an undoubted fascination in all this, after a couple of hours it begins to wear thin.
Ian Cameron
The Spectator
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.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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.
Adrian Turner
Radio Times
July 22, 2015
One of the best movies ever made about American politics.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Gary Arnold
Washington Post
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.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Robert Hatch
The Nation
February 12, 2013
The effect of All the President's Men is not to make Watergate more real but to make it more remote.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
February 13, 2012
As smart and cautionary now as it was in the '70s.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
June 9, 2011
A finer political film you will not find. It should be declared a national treasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
February 17, 2011
The movie is a victory lap for American journalism -- the triumphant flip side to Network's self-loathing take on the media.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
September 9, 2010
Superb Woodward and Bernstein Watergate story.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 6, 2010
All the Presidents Men is a thinking man's political thriller featuring two crusading journalists working their story, consistently following clues and interviewing various sources (and would be sources) in their quest for the truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
October 8, 2009
It really couldn't be better made in any respect. The cinematography, sound, editing, acting - all of them are effectively flawless.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
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Variety Staff
Variety
August 22, 2008
Hal Holbrook is outstanding; this actor, herein in near-total shadow, is as compelling as he is in virtually every role played.

TV Guide
August 22, 2008
Features a host of fine character portrayals and a compelling climax that compensates for its length.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sam Jordison
Film4
August 22, 2008
A triumph of serious Hollywood filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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