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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 35
  2. Negative: 4 out of 35
  1. Reviewed by: Stephen Farber
    Sep 16, 2013
    80
    Engrossing, quietly revelatory, and often profoundly moving as it retells a story we only thought we knew.
  2. 75
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Oct 3, 2013
    63
    All of this is secondary, even tertiary material, even if much of it is interesting and even wrenching to behold.
  4. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Oct 2, 2013
    60
    Parkland finds a new angle on an exhaustively chronicled and debated subject by focussing on the grim practicalities of the situation.
  5. Reviewed by: Godfrey Cheshire
    Oct 4, 2013
    50
    Parkland expends lots of energy and expertise on re-creating these infamous events, yet it is so lacking in narrative purpose that many viewers are likely to leave muttering, "Okay…but so what?"
  6. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    Oct 4, 2013
    45
    Awkward, incoherent and plodding.
  7. Reviewed by: Oliver Lyttelton
    Sep 16, 2013
    16
    There's a pleasing egalitarianism to the film's history-through-the-eyes-of-the-ordinary-man concept, but the script rarely makes the case that their versions are compelling enough to warrant a film.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 3 out of 8
  1. Nov 24, 2013
    10
    A gripping and moving film focussing on the aftermath of the murder, not who did it or why. Very humane in its portrayal of the people involved, with some memorable scenes the two bloody operating theatre sequences, the men struggling to lift the coffin into the plane, Oswalds bleak burial. Thankfully no conspiracy theries in sight. Expand
  2. Oct 9, 2013
    8
    This drama follows several perspectives around events in Dallas after JFK was assassinated. Among them: the hospital where Kennedy and Oswald were rushed, Zapruder and his famous film, the travails of Oswald's family, the FBI and Secret Service in the aftermath. It blends a hand-held documentary style and hectic pacing to tell a compelling story. The large cast is peppered with notable actors, including Paul Giamatti, Zac Efron, Billy Bob Thornton and Marcia Gay Harden, and they help focus the impact. This is not a straightforward narrative, but a montage of events. Still, it proves a fascinating (and for me, informative) look behind the scenes of one of the most memorable days in 20th century America. Expand
  3. Dec 16, 2013
    7
    Possibly the most underrated movie of the year so far. It's not the most unpredictable or memorable film possible to be made about JFK's assassination, but very tense and much cleverer than I expected. The cast is not exactly flawless and far from all star, but very impressive. I never thought I would say this, but Zac Effron is the best actor in the movie. He perfectly conveys how scared and clueless the doctors treating Kennedy's wounds were. The plot is very similar, while it's not the most exciting story and moves much slower than the viewer would prefer, it's very intelligent and when it needs to be incredibly tense. Some scenes do feel out of place and totally unnecessary, they do not add to the story at all, but it's not enough to ruin the whole experience.
    While the plot does get muddled up at some points and not every scene is as exciting as you would hope, Parkland is a very intelligent drama/documentary which occasionally has you on the edge of your seat and uses it's not so A list cast very well.
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  4. Dec 5, 2013
    4
    This movie was possibly the most "Mr State The Obvious" Minimalistic movie in the industry, it had a very "heard this story" type feel to it and i fell asleep about twice. Definitely not worth watching. Expand
  5. Oct 22, 2013
    3
    Pretty sure I almost fell asleep during this. Why was Zac Efron even in this? Who knows. What I do know is that I'll never get the time back that I spent watching Parkland. Expand
  6. Oct 15, 2013
    1
    Parkland ISNT JFK. So, don't go in the theatre expecting an Oliver Stone expreriance. First of all, Billy Bob Thornton is the main thing that makes this movie, his excellent and speechless performance is compelling to the film and helps its cheesy cast. Zac Efron sucks, we know that right guys? In this movie he does bad and bad. That's all I have to say about this douche. Parkland is about the assasination of John. F. Kennedy, and how a guy named Zapruder filmed the brutal shooting. Oliver Stone's JFK was great but this movie based on the same substance and fails to succeed. More like a documentary, Parkland emerges into the killing into a horrible way and pukes at its story and direction. Zac Efron sucked but Paul Gimmati was good and Thornton was da bomb. This movie could have been handled but failed. The ending is sober and bitter and doesn't help either. Parkland is the worst president films ever made and fails at the box office. It's very rushed with a lot of stories. Not refreshing. Expand
  7. Nov 17, 2013
    1
    What a load of irrelevant crap!
    Parkland gives tiny superficial glimpses of tiny parts of the perspectives of a handful of individuals in
    Dallas:
    the young doctors and nurses at Parkland Hospital;
    Dallas’s chief of the Secret Service;
    Abraham Zapruder;
    the FBI agents who were visited by Lee Harvey Oswald before the shooting;
    the brother of Lee Harvey Oswald, left to deal with his shattered family;
    and JFK’s security team, witnesses to both the president’s death and Vice President Lyndon Johnson’s rise to power.

    Apparently Oswald said practically nothing to his brother when they had a conversation in the police station.
    He didn't claim innocence or guilt.
    Was this encounter fictionalized?
    The film is "based on the true events" which means absolutely nothing.

    Emory Roberts seems to be the only one blamed for any wrongdoing that has opened the events up to conspiracy theories. He is shown to have been the main man preventing an autopsy at Parkland hospital.

    These were the only 2 elements of the film that were even remotely interesting.
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