The Parallax View
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While the Watergate scandal filled the headlines, Alan J. Pakula's 1974 thriller took its inspiration from the conspiracy theories surrounding the Kennedy assassination. Journalist Joe Frady (Warren Beatty) misses witnessing the assassination of a senator at Seattle's Space Needle, but his newswoman former girlfriend Lee Carter (Paula Prentiss) was there. Even after a government commission concludes that it was a freak lone assassin, Lee tells Joe that she fears for her life since other witnesses keep dying. After she too turns up dead, Joe investigates, travelling to the small town… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"For my taste the suspenseful set pieces go on much too long, and the message -- that right-wing conspiracy is built into the American political and corporate structure -- is overstated."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"Excellent performances; fascinating film."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"A gripping paranoia political thriller that should make conspiracy buffs excited and provoke even the casual viewer."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The Parallax View is one of the great paranoid thrillers of the 1970s. Which, when you consider how paranoid America was post-Watergate, is high praise indeed."
‑ , Film4
"A fotografia de Gordon Willis é sufocante, mas o filme empalidece frente a produções similares, como Sob o Domínio do Mal e Todos os Homens do Presidente."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"It's an astringently cynical take on official history, with Warren Beatty as a muckraker investigating the strange aftershocks of a senator's killing."
‑ Ed Park, Village Voice
"The thrills don't mount as the film goes on. They don't even accumulate. Once they are experienced, they dissolve so thoroughly that by the end you're likely to feel as cheated as I did."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"One of the great American films from arguably the finest decade in American filmmaking."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"This is one of the best political thrillers of the 1970s."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Superior thriller."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Pakula's production and direction are lavish in physical details."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Pakula and Gordon Willis' cinematography wring the ominous from the ordinary with utter severity"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"... arguably the definitive conspiracy thriller of the seventies."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
"Among the top paranoid thrillers of the 1970s"
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"A masterpiece of suspense, tension and cinematic storytelling the likes of which, sadly, Hollywood doesn't make anymore."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
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