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6.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

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  2. Negative: 3 out of 17

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  1. 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 notableThis 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
  2. 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.
  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 scaredPossibly 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. 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.
  5. 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 aboutParkland 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
  6. 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
    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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  7. 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.
  8. Sep 2, 2014
    5
    A telling of the moments surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Parkland approaches the subject via Emilio Estevez's Bobby--whereas JFK never makes an appearance and the story is told through witnesses and those affected by the tragedy. Key opportunities were completely missed and prevented the emotion it should have deserved.
  9. Dec 15, 2014
    7
    Parkland shows how was the life of some people who were involved in the death of President John F. Kennedy. From the chaos, disbelief and horror at Parkland hospital that received President Kennedy (along with the disorder in the sad trip back to Washington with Kennedy's coffin), the suffering of who had the sad 'privilege' of filming great detail the murder, as the family of Lee HarveyParkland shows how was the life of some people who were involved in the death of President John F. Kennedy. From the chaos, disbelief and horror at Parkland hospital that received President Kennedy (along with the disorder in the sad trip back to Washington with Kennedy's coffin), the suffering of who had the sad 'privilege' of filming great detail the murder, as the family of Lee Harvey Oswald took the stain to be related to the person murderer Kennedy. No shows ridiculous conspiracy theories, and focuses on the great historical or political moments, but shows us how, on any given day, these people took this unexpected horror. Not for nothing the best movie in the world, but it is certainly interesting to see this view of such an important and sad day in history.

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    Parkland nos muestra como fue la vida de algunas personas que se vieron involucradas en la muerte del Presidente John F. Kennedy. Desde el caos, la incredulidad y el horror en el hospital Parkland que recibió al Presidente Kennedy (junto con el desorden en el triste viaje de regreso a Washington con el ataúd de Kennedy), el sufrimiento de quien tuvo el triste "privilegio" de filmar con lujo de detalle el asesinato, al como la familia de Lee Harvey Oswald asumió la mancha de ser pariente de quien asesino a Kennedy. No nos muestra las ridículas teorías de conspiración, ni se centra en los grandes momentos históricos o políticos, sino que nos muestra como, en un día cualquiera, estas personas asumieron este inesperado horror. No es para nada la mejor película del mundo, pero sin duda es interesante ver este punto de vista de un día tan importante y triste en la historia.
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  10. Nov 16, 2013
    5
    This is an extremely average film that doesn't allow the audience to get past its paper thin amount of character development. I wish this film was as good as its actors. C
  11. Mar 28, 2015
    10
    Okay i find it pretty shocking that critics are picking on the film, this a film is a tearjerker. Okay we all know the JFK assassination story, but this film is dark and mysterious, it is a movie were you think you know what's gonna happen but you really don't. Grade A
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.”