Oswald's Ghost
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For the Baby Boomers, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy took on the same sense of tragedy as the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks did for Generation Y -- not only for the effect that it had on the nation's morale but for the conspiracy theories that would follow in its wake as well. In the aftermath of the assassination, President Lyndon B. Johnson plunged the country into a divisive and questionable war in part due to paranoia, thus creating an atmosphere of distrust and disillusionment that would linger for decades to come. Later, following the assassinations of Martin… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A straightforward documentary on the assassination of President Kennedy."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Oswald's Ghost is a thorough and systematic primer on how and why the JFK assassination became a generational obsession, and seemed to signal the demolition of at least one version of the American dream."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com
"Of course, it doesn't tell us what really happened; that's still shrouded in mystery and always will be, since Lee Harvey Oswald was shot within two days of his arrest."
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"What starts out interesting eventually feels unfocused: Just what was the rationale for making this in the first place?"
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
"Filmmaker Robert Stone doesn't have the answer, but his curiosity about Oswald and the entire assassination experience has been shaped into this fascinating documentary."
‑ Brian Orndorf, eFilmCritic.com
"[A] meticulously researched, seemingly unbiased summary of the [JFK] killing and the major conspiracy theories."
‑ Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"Stone argues quite convincingly that Kennedy's horrifically violent death will continue to prickle the national psyche."
‑ Michael Fox, Village Voice
"So long as filmmakers think they're exposing hidden facts, we'll be experiencing the effects of "Oswald's Ghost" long into the future."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"Taking on the most over-used documentary topic in America, this JFK assassination flick has to produce a new angle. It doesn't do it."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"Veteran conspiracy buffs probably won't find much of Stone's material particularly new, but Stone's film does serve as a neat summary for the rest of us while offering a number of intriguing insights into how conspiracy theories work..."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Though the material is hardly fresh, it retains some fascination, and Stone has assembled Oswald's Ghost well, with few of the stylistic tics that marred his Guerilla: The Taking Of Patty Hearst."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"Impresses as a concise, intelligent and rigorously well-researched piece of work."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"The more interesting question to raise might be "What toll does it take on a society when someone as inconsequential as Lee Harvey Oswald can slay someone as historically significant as JFK?"
‑ Kam Williams, Sly Fox
"The only obvious question that Oswald's Ghost raises is: how come Mort Sahl wasn't in the movie?"
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"Though the film may not change many minds about what happened and why, at least it attempts to describe and explain events like few other documentaries on the same topic."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
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