Our Nixon
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Throughout Richard Nixon's presidency, three of his top White House aides obsessively documented their experiences with Super 8 home movie cameras. Young, idealistic and dedicated, they had no idea that a few years later they'd all be in prison. This unique and personal visual record, created by H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman and Dwight Chapin, was seized by the FBI during the Watergate investigation, then filed away and forgotten for almost 40 years. OUR NIXON is an all-archival documentary presenting those home movies for the first time, along with other rare footage, creating an… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A capably done account of a presidential career that was wrecked by a crime that was unnecessary."
‑ Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic
"We get to see film of daughter Tricia's wedding (her father is a surprisingly agile ballroom dancer) and other oddities."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Trick Dick and Watergate revisited via lost tapes."
‑ Kam Williams, Baret News
"What proves most fascinating is that the three White House cinematographers appear to have been as deluded as their boss."
‑ Bill Brownstein, Montreal Gazette
"Often plays like a mortifying companion to the Nixon-period sitcom "The Wonder Years.""
‑ Matt Zoller Seitz, RogerEbert.com
"The result is maudlin beyond belief, especially Nixon's farewell to the aides he's in the process of firing, but other moments simply register as shockingly out of touch."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"There has never been an uninteresting angle on Richard Nixon - the man was too twisted - but Penny Lane's documentary sees him from several especially compelling new vantages."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Penny Lane's new documentary does something quite different by presenting a portrait of the president as his friends and aides saw him. It's a fascinating watch."
‑ Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film
"As fascinating as this peek into daily life at the Nixon White House is, the real power of Our Nixon is its poignant insight into how the impeachable situation unfolded within the president's inner circle."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Paste Magazine
"...inexplicably fascinating."
‑ Chris Barsanti, Film Racket
"[A] shrewdly edited collection of news footage and "home movies" taken by members of the Nixon White House staff ..."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"[S]hows the precise moment when new image technology would alter power."
‑ Jordan Hoffman, New York Daily News
"... offers an intimate behind-the-scenes glimpse into the White House during tumultuous times, especially the foolish chain of events that led to Nixon's downfall."
‑ Todd Jorgenson, Cinemalogue.com
"A riveting portrait of a man in full."
‑ Robert Levin, amNewYork
"Our Nixon provides an intriguing reverse-angle view of Nixon's time in office by presenting him both as a larger-than-life figure of Shakespearean contradictions, and as a supremely weird boss."
‑ Nathan Rabin, The Dissolve
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