The Assassination of Richard Nixon
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The Assassination of Richard Nixon
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 whose life is slowly beginning to unravel. Bicke's job is going nowhere, his wife, Marie (Naomi Watts), has left him, and his boss (Jack Thompson) keeps pushing self-help books on him that make a mockery of his state of mind. One of Bicke's few friends is Bonny Simmons (Don Cheadle), an auto mechanic, and together they come up with an idea for a tire… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"A well-made if relatively uninvolved character study with nothing noteworthy to say."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"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"
‑ Cole Smithey,
"There are good things about the movie, but it finally trips itself up on its two-fisted seriousness."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"This movie provides a lot of food for thought about true believers who don't mind killing people to achieve their goals."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"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."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"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."
‑ Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle
"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."
‑ Prairie Miller, Long Island Press
"Gets stuck using as its messenger such a wacko."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"By the close you're convinced that there should have been more to the film than what ended up onscreen."
‑ Harry Guerin, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
"The idea that assassins are products of their times is intriguing, but The Assassination of Richard Nixon is betrayed by its ambitions and pretensions."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"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."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Denver Rocky Mountain News
"(...) Niels Mueller (...) conduce el relato con seguridad y tensión creciente hacia el inevitable estallido de violencia final."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"It's a small and quiet drama, but it's also one that sucks you in quite smoothly. Penn, as always, is fantastic."
‑ Scott Weinberg, DVD Clinic
"An engaging, thought-provoking drama that is frequently unbearably moving thanks to career best work from Sean Penn."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
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