JFK

Warner Bros. Pictures | Release Date: December 20, 1991 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
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Generally favorable reviews based on 29 Critics
Positive:
22
Mixed:
5
Negative:
2
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100
If history is a battlefield, JFK has to be seen as a bold attempt to seize the turf for future debate. It is also "just" a movie, and one that for three hours and eight minutes of dense, almost dizzying detail, is capable of holding the audience rapt in its grip. [23 Dec 1991, p.50]
100
Director Oliver Stone has fashioned in JFK a riveting, dramatic and disturbing look at one of the great whodunits of history. [20 Dec 1991]
88
JFK is staggering in its power. [20 Dec 1991, p.5]
88
Does JFK capture the truth? Possibly, in a poetic sense. Is it a compelling film? Most assuredly. [20 Dec 1991]
80
It's powerful film making that at the very least accomplishes what Mr. Stone said he set out to do - to offer the world an alternate myth. [20 Dec 1991]
80
Disturbing, infuriating yet undeniably effective, less a motion picture than an impassioned. [20 Dec 1991]
75
Stone's riveting three-hour movie freely mixes black and white and color documentary footage with pseudo-documentary and dramatic footage, so the line between real and fabrication is constantly blurred. [20 Dec 1991, p.7]
75
It's riveting moviemaking and a boost for what's left of America's ailing collective life. [20 Dec 1991]
63
JFK is provocative, a technical primer and an ensemble treat with unusually well- realized star cameos. [20 Dec 1991]
58
Baltimore SunStephen Hunter
JFK is entertaining, if only because the cast of characters in the New Orleans underground is so bizarre. [20 Dec 1991]
58
JFK drags but is undeniably fascinating. [20 Dec 1991]
58
It is preachy, didactic and heavy-handed as only an Oliver Stone movie can be. And yet ... and yet... despite all this, the film has an undeniable cumulative power. [20 Dec 1991]
50
JFK is a limp, semi-coherent, boring movie. [20 Dec 1991, p.21]
25
A three-hour oration, rambling and familiar and repetitive, during which director Oliver Stone uses the assassination of John Kennedy as an elaborate pretext for delivering a dull sermon. [20 Dec 1991]