The Parallax View
The Parallax View (1974)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 22, 1999
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92%
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79%



Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Don Druker
Chicago Reader

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.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

Excellent performances; fascinating film.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A gripping paranoia political thriller that should make conspiracy buffs excited and provoke even the casual viewer.

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Ed Park
Village Voice

It's an astringently cynical take on official history, with Warren Beatty as a muckraker investigating the strange aftershocks of a senator's killing.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

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.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

One of the great American films from arguably the finest decade in American filmmaking.

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Variety Staff
Variety

Pakula's production and direction are lavish in physical details.

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Pakula and Gordon Willis' cinematography wring the ominous from the ordinary with utter severity

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Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

... arguably the definitive conspiracy thriller of the seventies.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Dan Schultz
A smart, engrossing paranoid political thriller concerning a journalist (Warren Beatty) who stumbles upon a conspiracy in which a senator who was murdered three… More
Michael Gildea
I presumed that The Parallax View was going to be another horribly dated and hokey dirty government thriller (and that car chase towards the beginning… More
AJ Verser
Maybe I need to see this movie again, but I thought it was really slow and boring. The story was pretty good, though. Overall, it's okay.
Pierluigi Puccini
Terrifying conspiracy thriller that opens a new set of hypothesis in the most infamous and debated political crimes of the twentieth century in the united… More
Conner Rainwater
Very slow paced and manipulative, but it's such a unique and powerful experience. Government conspiracies are either topics for very bad movies or very… More
Dean McKenna
This is one of the dulliest political assassination movies I ever watched because the tale didn't make sense to me.