The Assassination of Richard Nixon
The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004)

The true story of a man who, on February 22, 1974, was thwarted from an ambitious plan for political assassination provides the basis for this striking psychological drama. Sam Bicke (Sean Penn) is a salesman for an office-supply company… More

Directed By:
Rated: R
Running Time:
Release Date: April 26, 2005
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
68%
Flixster
User Score
69%


Critic Score: 68% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Sean Penn brings this obscure failure back to life in a vivid portrayal of a madman in the making, a madman who had a date with a gun and history.

Full review…
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

A well-made if relatively uninvolved character study with nothing noteworthy to say.

Full review…
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

Debut writer/director Neils Mueller (co-writer on "Tadpole") stitches together an ambiguous meditation on the pervasive affects of government corruption during the Nixon Administration that led a Baltimore man to attempt to kill the President by hijacking

Full review…
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

It's not just Nixon's shadow that hangs like a cloud over Assassination, it's the shadow of the bummerific era of American movies his regime spawned.

Full review…
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle

Features a bravura performance by Penn as a frustrated and deluded loser, but there isn't much else to recommend. The story is a one-note drag.

Full review…
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press

The film manages something quite remarkable, both a compassion for Bicke's wounded sense of life's betrayals, and stark revulsion for the personal logic of his bloody remedy.

Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

The idea that assassins are products of their times is intriguing, but The Assassination of Richard Nixon is betrayed by its ambitions and pretensions.

Full review…
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

Assassination is an odd little movie. It's exceptionally well-done but doesn't attain the levels of meaning for which it seems to be striving.

Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total

(...) Niels Mueller (...) conduce el relato con seguridad y tensión creciente hacia el inevitable estallido de violencia final.

Full review…

Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
The Assassination of Richard Nixon has everything you could hope for in a quality film. An engaging story full of interesting characters, great acting, score… More
Ginny  X
<font face="arial" size=2> <center><b>"I am but a grain of sand. The meek shall not inherit the earth. The earth belongs to the… More
Apeneck Fletcher
Not an "entertaining" film to watch here, but Sean Penn's performance as a soul drowning in an avalanche of setbacks is as definite as the sound… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"The mad story of a true man."</i> Sam Bicke (Sean Penn) is a salesman for an office-supply company whose life is slowly beginning… More
Anthony Lawrie
Sean Penn puts in one of his best performances to date in this highly underrated thriller based on true life events.
Jens S.
Based on true events that also inspired Taxi Driver this is the story of a man who is slowly losing control over his life on pretty much every level and starts… More

More Like This