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Oliver Stone, the most outspokenly political American filmmaker of the 1980s and '90s, directs this epic-length biography of Richard Nixon, the 37th President of the U.S., who was re-elected by a landslide in 1972, only to resign in disgrace two years later. Taking a non-linear approach, Nixon jumps back and forth between many different periods and events, from Nixon's strict upbringing at the hands of his Quaker mother, through the many peaks and valleys of his political career, to his downfall in the wake of the Watergate scandal. The facts of his life are blended with supposition… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

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"As wayward and self-regarding as its subject, the film long overstays its welcome."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Nixon far overstays its welcome with an increasingly tedious final hour devoted largely to slogging through the minutiae of Watergate."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Dense psychodrama of much-disliked U.S. president."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"It's clear that Stone hates Nixon with a capital H."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"A staggering work of empathy for Stone."
‑ Matt Noller, Slant Magazine
"What it finally adds up to is a huge mixed bag of waxworks and daring, a film that is furiously ambitious even when it goes flat, and startling even when it settles for eerie, movie-of-the-week mimicry."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Nixon starts, like a horror movie, on a dark and stormy night, with the president prowling around a room of the White House like Dracula in his lair."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"You could say that Nixon is Oliver Stone's Citizen Kane, and not necessarily mean it as praise."
‑ Rob Nelson, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
"A convincing blend of Shakespearean tragedy and Citizen Kane, Nixon paints the thirty-seventh President of the United States as a uniquely American tragic hero...[Blu-Ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"The combination of Oliver Stone and Richard Nixon, two paranoids from opposite ends of the political spectrum, is a match made in cinematic heaven."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"Without question, Nixon dwarfs everything in the American cinema since Schindler's List."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"Thoughtful, well-researched and carefully modulated, the film also marks director Oliver Stone's coming of age."
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"The filmmaker's deftness at evoking theme and sentiment through editorial montages within individual dramatic scenes reaches an apotheosis here."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Some of Nixon's scenes are standouts, but it's Hopkins' crazy rants that you won't forget."
‑ Christopher Null,
"For all its unwieldy temporal scope and narrowness of perspective, Nixon is an amazingly graceful beast, flawed yet invigorating, packed with enough material that will fascinate and irk moviegoers of all stripes for quite a time to come."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
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