80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Stephen Farber
Engrossing, quietly revelatory, and often profoundly moving as it retells a story we only thought we knew.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The chief virtues of Parkland are journalistic in the best sense.
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75

New York Observer

By Rex Reed
A sobering, documentary-style film commemorating eyewitness accounts of what happened in the aftermath of the tragedy, some of them fresh as a new wound, all of them painful but vital to a deeper understanding of one of the darkest chapters in American history.
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75

Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
Parkland is a fascinating insider’s view of those fateful two days in November of 1963, when a president was murdered, his assassin was gunned down in custody and generations of conspiracies were born.
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63

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
Parkland is wildly uneven, although compulsively watchable.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Bulging with period details and a large and busy cast, Parkland is well made and at times queasily fascinating. At others, it gives in to melodrama and the ticking off of facts.
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63

Chicago Sun-Times

By Bruce Ingram
It shouldn’t necessarily be the case that a film focusing on the collateral details of the shooting, after the fact, would feel dull and uninvolving, but this writing/directing debut by journalist Peter Landesman does, with the exception of a few particularly interesting revelations.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The events of those days would have been better covered in greater depth in a miniseries, rather than a 90-minute movie.
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40

Village Voice

By Pete Vonder Haar
It's in the film's second half that Parkland goes all Tony Romo and fumbles. Instead of becoming truly engrossing, it threatens to descend into unreserved melodrama.
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30

Variety

By Peter Debruge
Granted, Landesman feels an obligation to history, but there’s something ponderously obvious about the way so many of these scenes are played.
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51 out of 100
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