All the President's Men
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Conspiracy film specialist Alan J. Pakula turned journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein's best-selling account of their Watergate investigation into one of the hit films of Bicentennial year 1976. While researching a story about a botched 1972 burglary of Democratic Party headquarters at the Watergate apartment complex, green Washington Post reporters/rivals Woodward (Robert Redford, who also exec produced) and Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) stumble on a possible connection between the burglars and a White House staffer. With the circumspect approval of executive editor Ben Bradlee (Jason… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The movie is a victory lap for American journalism -- the triumphant flip side to Network's self-loathing take on the media."
‑ Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly
"It provides the most observant study of working journalists we're ever likely to see in a feature film."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The effect of All the President's Men is not to make Watergate more real but to make it more remote."
‑ Robert Hatch, The Nation
"A finer political film you will not find. It should be declared a national treasure."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"It really couldn't be better made in any respect. The cinematography, sound, editing, acting - all of them are effectively flawless."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Hal Holbrook is outstanding; this actor, herein in near-total shadow, is as compelling as he is in virtually every role played."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A spellbinding detective story."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"The world is beyond saving, it says. It's one of the last great films of its era that has anyone who thinks it deserves saving."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Superb Woodward and Bernstein Watergate story."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Features a host of fine character portrayals and a compelling climax that compensates for its length."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Remarkably intelligent, working both as an effective thriller (even though we know the outcome of their investigations) and as a virtually abstract charting of the dark corridors of corruption and power."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"This superb film has long been acknowledged as a classic political thriller, but watching it in today's climate, at a point when a timid and ineffectual media is par for the course, also reveals its increasingly significant value as a time capsule piece."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"As smart and cautionary now as it was in the '70s."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"All the Presidents Men is a thinking man's political thriller featuring two crusading journalists working their story, consistently following clues and interviewing various sources (and would be sources) in their quest for the truth."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"A triumph of serious Hollywood filmmaking."
‑ Sam Jordison, Film4
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