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Our Nixon Reviews

October 9, 2013
A capably done account of a presidential career that was wrecked by a crime that was unnecessary.
September 26, 2013
The result is maudlin beyond belief, especially Nixon's farewell to the aides he's in the process of firing, but other moments simply register as shockingly out of touch.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 16, 2013
[A] shrewdly edited collection of news footage and "home movies" taken by members of the Nixon White House staff ...
September 6, 2013
We get to see film of daughter Tricia's wedding (her father is a surprisingly agile ballroom dancer) and other oddities.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 2, 2013
Often plays like a mortifying companion to the Nixon-period sitcom "The Wonder Years."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 30, 2013
There has never been an uninteresting angle on Richard Nixon - the man was too twisted - but Penny Lane's documentary sees him from several especially compelling new vantages.
August 30, 2013
[S]hows the precise moment when new image technology would alter power.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 30, 2013
Mundane movies of events like the president's daughter's wedding and his groundbreaking trip to China are juxtaposed with Nixon's rants about his enemies and the "homosexuals" he believed were leading the US into decline.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 30, 2013
It's an exploration of the banality of evil that constantly puts banality first, but this is a relatively narrow experimental film designed to supplement rather than replace more thorough histories.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 29, 2013
Our Nixon shows that while the stooges were good at scheming (up until Watergate, at least) they sucked as filmmakers.
Top Critic
August 29, 2013
The results are akin to seeing the Nixon presidency through the eyes of his top aides; it's as much a portrait of innocence lost as a behind-closed-doors exposť.
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 27, 2013
The real takeaway here is a tone of dawning tragedy, sourness sneaking into even the most innocuous of visual records.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 27, 2013
More entertaining curio than revelatory document.
August 26, 2013
Efficient found-footage collage is more evocative than revelatory.
August 2, 2013
It evokes a such crazy quilt of emotions and memories that children all over America are going to be wondering why their grandparents are crying or throwing shoes at the TV or both.
August 1, 2013
Our Nixon is a love song to a man who knew victories but just couldn't win.
August 1, 2013
It just feels redundant. Perhaps little or nothing on the home movies lent itself to a richer portrait.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 1, 2013
The retrieved home movie footage creates a lambent prism through which the '70s seem like a simpler time. It also makes Our Nixon a uniquely dynamic time capsule.
August 1, 2013
After two hours, Nixon remains a riveting enigma.
July 31, 2013
A brisk, eye-opening documentary about the Nixon White House, this triumph of editing is composed of homemovies, accompanied by later TV interviews and priceless audio from the secret tapes, making it a must-see for anyone interested in Americana.
July 26, 2013
This highly personal view of the Nixon years is, for obvious reasons, a sad and wrenching one-a film that is nonetheless filled with spirit, humor and a bountiful sense of irony.
July 18, 2013
It's a haunting, thoroughly evocative ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 18, 2013
While Our Nixon is not trying to exonerate or prove anything other than what has already happened, it is trying to understand this other side of the Nixon administration...but one of a complicated man...
Full Review | Original Score: A-