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The Assassination of Richard Nixon Reviews

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½ April 24, 2016
Penn spellbinding in an otherwise lacklustre picture.
April 17, 2016
Film has some power behind it, in Penn's performance, the story, etc.
March 15, 2016
This true story is simply devastating. It shows once again the plight of a 'little man' whose failing career and marriage contribute to the destruction of the American dream, and his descent into madness and one last desperate act is utterly convincing. Unshowy direction from Niels Mueller makes the perfect foil for Sean Penn, the greatest movie actor of his generation. Penn excels at portraying characters on the edge, of society and their own sanity. This is easily among his best work and should be rated as one of the more important films of this decade.
½ January 6, 2016
Entertaining. Sean Penn does an excellent job of being an awkward and delusional loser.
½ July 29, 2015
Just a terrific performance by Penn as the loon with a plan.
½ May 23, 2014
Underrated. How Sean Penn wasn't nominated for an Oscar is crazy talk.
March 15, 2014
Sean Penn gives a fantastic portrayal of Sam Bicke the man who tried to assassinate Richard Nixon. Penn's interpretation of the slow decent into madness is intriguing and while the movie is a bit slow it is Sean Penn alone that makes it worth watching.
½ January 8, 2014
"Certainty is the disease of kings." - Nuff said. Excellent acting by Sean Penn.
½ December 15, 2013
A superb and powerful movie that gives Penn room to dominate with a subtle performance that captures the feel of the Nixon era and how the pressures of life can change a simple man.
½ December 11, 2013
This is what happens when men aren't allowed to cry. Just kidding, we have to address mental illness in America, that's kind of what I came away from this movie thinking. Anyhow, great acting by Sean Penn, he's definitely the selling point and the reason I needed to add the extra half-star. The scene of him yelling at the television = A+. Other than that, interesting story but a little too lovingly told... the movie is too on Bicke's side, it should have abandoned him at the end like all of the other characters.
Super Reviewer
December 3, 2013
I think Penn's outstanding performance somewhat makes up for the film's problems . . . he makes it appear engaging where a lesser actor would have floundered with the vague screenplay. The filmmakers go out of their way to establish Bicke as an angry outsider but they never really find a way to connect that with his attempt to assassinate Nixon or the voice recordings he sent to Leonard Bernstein.
October 11, 2013
Just got this out of a dvd shop. Great movie looking forward to seeing it again
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Super Reviewer
September 30, 2013
The Assassination of Richard Nixon has everything you could hope for in a quality film. An engaging story full of interesting characters, great acting, score and all that jazz, a great piece of work. The film is set in the 1970s and revolves around it's central character, Sam Bick, a man who can't hold down a job, and has problems connecting with people socially. The film follows Sam on his unrelenting course of bad luck that will eventually prove to be too much for him to take. Compared by many to Taxi Driver, the film perhaps has more in common with Falling Down, Sam always complains about being held down by "the system" and how "the little man" is mistreated and such, the film does very well with this topic, leaving it open as to whether Sam is letting it get to him too much, or if he really is being mistreated, certainly different viewpoints and multiple viewings could generate many different views on the film. Sean Penn as usual is an acting tour de force, I've often criticised him privately for taking what I'd called "Gunning for Ocsars roles" a role that involves a mental breakdown or a disability or suchlike covered in a dramatic manner, that usually guarantees an Oscar nomination. An actor solely concerned with winning trophies, I do sometimes wish he'd take a few more risks rather than sticking to the "oscar" formula. He could be accused of that again here, but to be honest, whatever his intentions with making such a film, if he puts in a good performance there can be no complaints, and here he is exceptional, never going over the top, it's easily one of his best performances and certainly, the character of Sam Bicke is one that any actor would relish and provides good subject matter for a very good film. 4 Stars 9-29-13
½ August 31, 2013
Sean penn is my fav actor. Never lets ya down. Really sad story- lets hope ppl think and learn something. Inspired by true events- doesnt surprise me
June 13, 2013
He is believable... Great freak
½ March 25, 2013
Inspired by real events and in the same vein as Taxi driver, The Assassination of Richard Nixon is a character study of a man who is losing faith in society and the government through the many setbacks in his own life. The man is Sam Bicke and is brilliantly played by Sean Penn. The movie can seem a bit slow at times but it is this lead performance that makes it worth while. A decent supporting cast includes Don Cheadle and Naomi Watts. It is an emotional story of a desperate man who is knocked back at every turn, but just wants to leave his mark.
½ February 20, 2013
Another great display by Penn. Top actor.
December 28, 2012
Hearbreaking story of how a man is so worn by the system. More of a character study than drama, but still a picture not to pass up.
½ December 22, 2012
A film that will leave your stomach turning and your mind thinking well after the credits roll. Sean Penn delivers an amazing performance as the real life Samuel Bicke, a man whose life hits bottom and keeps digging. Along with the fatastic "Milk," Penn gives one of his best performances to date.
The film may not be for everyone. There are no happy endings here, but if one enjoys serious films with serious acting, this is the film for you. Along with Penn, Don Cheadle and Naomi Watts also give outstanding performances. I highly recommend this film.
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