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The Assassination of Richard Nixon Reviews

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February 11, 2005
The movie shows how executive audacity can move the average Joe to become frighteningly less ordinary.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
February 11, 2005
Sean Penn brings this obscure failure back to life in a vivid portrayal of a madman in the making, a madman who had a date with a gun and history.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
February 11, 2005
It's clear that writer-director Niels Mueller has some delusions about making the next Taxi Driver, but nothing here has the sheer visceral impact of that film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 10, 2005
A performance (de Sean Penn) neste filme Ú mais um exemplo de sua genialidade.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 7, 2005
Sam Bicke ... is the role Penn was born to play -- if only because it's different than any others he's ever done -- and makes the film the triumph it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 7, 2005
Eerie in the sense that it reveals an assassination plan peculiarly similar to the attacks carried out by terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
February 4, 2005
It's not just Nixon's shadow that hangs like a cloud over Assassination, it's the shadow of the bummerific era of American movies his regime spawned.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 4, 2005
Penn's work is so selfless, so clean and free of anything familiar in his other work, that you sit there astonished, absorbed, held to the last frame.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
February 4, 2005
The idea that assassins are products of their times is intriguing, but The Assassination of Richard Nixon is betrayed by its ambitions and pretensions.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 3, 2005
Bicke's name is a nod to Travis Bickle, but with his creepy mustache and discount-rack suit, Bicke more closely resembles a later Scorsese-De Niro lunatic, Rupert Pupkin...
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 28, 2005
With apologies to Arthur Miller, Mueller's thoughtful drama might be advertised as Death of a Furniture Salesman
January 26, 2005
Lingers clammily in the back of your head ... A long, slow, downward plummet that's honestly tough to watch.
January 21, 2005
The polemical nature of the film undermines any possibility of satire, as the posturing grows more ludicrous by the scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 21, 2005
Is there an working actor anywhere more on top of his game than Sean Penn?
January 21, 2005
A well-made if relatively uninvolved character study with nothing noteworthy to say.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 21, 2005
Assassination is an odd little movie. It's exceptionally well-done but doesn't attain the levels of meaning for which it seems to be striving.
Read More | Original Score: C+
January 21, 2005
The always remarkable Penn infuses Sam Bicke with more originality than the plot allowed. Mueller took a real-life incident now lost in the history books and re-created a sympathetic back story for Bicke.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 21, 2005
Here's a case of a great performance in a movie so disturbing you get queasy watching it.
January 21, 2005
A complex, haunting and emotionally perceptive portrait of a man's fall from grace, one painful and incremental inch at a time.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 21, 2005
By the time Bicke crosses the line from passive sad sack to murderer, The Assassination of Richard Nixon has made an eloquent case for explaining the seemingly unexplainable. But the movie doesn't make you care.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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