The Assassination of Richard Nixon Synopsis
A frustrated salesman (Sean Penn) plots to kill the president.
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Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
This is one of the rare movies to explore American materialism through the eyes of an all-too-ordinary person who isn't up to the...
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Director Niels Mueller's attempt to create a middle-class "Taxi Driver" (he tips his hand a bit smugly by respelling Byck's name to evoke...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A faithful portrait of a period in American social history.
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Assassination reminds you that Penn can be very funny.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
This riveting film qualifies as the anti-crowd-pleaser -- but Penn makes it unthinkable to turn away.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

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First-time director Niels Mueller and his co-screenwriter Kevin Kennedy depict Sam's disintegration expertly and they have fashioned a...
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A downer of a drama.
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60

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The director and co-writer, Niels Mueller, has also done his work well, but the film feels insubstantial at 95 minutes, even though -- or...
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50

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
A slight movie and a major downer, is an acting showcase for Sean Penn. That's good, but not enough.
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50

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Even if audiences can get by the tasteless shock title, it's tough to figure who will ever watch this movie - even when it's on cable.
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Rated R | For language and a scene of graphic violence