All the President's Men Reviews

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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
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
One of the best movies ever made about American politics.
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.
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.
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.
September 9, 2010
Superb Woodward and Bernstein Watergate story.
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.
October 8, 2009
It really couldn't be better made in any respect. The cinematography, sound, editing, acting - all of them are effectively flawless.
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.
August 22, 2008
Features a host of fine character portrayals and a compelling climax that compensates for its length.
August 22, 2008
A triumph of serious Hollywood filmmaking.
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