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5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 3 out of 15

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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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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  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.
Metascore
51

Mixed or average reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 35
  2. Negative: 4 out of 35
  1. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    Nov 19, 2013
    60
    Dramatically it’s bitty, with, to paraphrase a great American newsman of the time, too much, too fast. But there is no denying how absorbing the tumultuous events of those four days remain.
  2. Reviewed by: Tom Huddleston
    Nov 19, 2013
    40
    A potentially gripping study of the fallout from the JFK assassination as experienced by his doctors, secret service agents and the man who famously photographed the incident is rendered tame by a combination of flat writing and overly busy storytelling.
  3. Reviewed by: Kate Stables
    Nov 3, 2013
    40
    Despite some affecting moments, the lumbering Parkland feels more like a well-researched magazine feature than an involving drama. As Billy Bob Thornton’s lawman says: “This was not supposed to happen.”