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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 48%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Kennedy specialists will glean nothing new, and those hoping for sobriety will flinch at the camera's intrusions."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"Takes one of the most traumatizing events of the American 20th century and turns it into a trivia digest."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"Had Landesman spent a bit more time on his characters and narrative, he might have made a more watchable movie."
‑ John Anderson, America Magazine
"While not bound for classic status, the film still manages to capture a moment in time that changed our country."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"A personal history of a very public disaster that fails to hit as hard as it might as the voices chosen aren't strong enough as written to speak for the people who were there on the day President Kennedy came to town."
‑ Ed Whitfield, The Ooh Tray
"This episodic drama is set in Dallas during the three days after the JFK assassination, and some of it is highly charged."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Parkland is history as existential despair."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Parkland is a movie of simple motives. It doesn't waste time with pomp or theory, and the material is acted by those who connect with the characters like reflections in the mirror."
‑ David Keyes, Cinemaphile.org
"The revelations are unshowy, the emotional clout is stealthy, and JFKologists can rest easy knowing that the project neither engages with nor contradicts their pet preoccupations."
‑ Tara Brady, Irish Times
"It's slick and well acted (by Paul Giamatti, Zac Efron and Billy Bob Thornton, among others), but this attempt to make new sense of the death of JFK feels staggeringly pointless."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
"Somehow, all this commotion adds up to aimless inertia, in part because the movie lacks a point of view - let alone anything fresh to propose about the assassination or its peripheral players."
‑ Ella Taylor, NPR
"For those who remember that dark day, it will inevitably have impact. But this was too much of a story for one film."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Ultimately Parkland is not thought-provoking, inspiring or even brave enough to be offensive, but it does raise some interesting scenarios and is full of some very solid acting."
‑ Sam Bathe, Fan The Fire
"Parkland remains a bystander in the already overcrowded field of films about the events of November 1963."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
"A sad tale well told."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
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