American Experience
American Experience (2007)

For the Baby Boomers, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy took on the same sense of tragedy as the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks did for Generation Y -- not only for the effect that it had on the nation's morale but… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 30, 2007
DVD Release Date: January 15, 2008
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

A straightforward documentary on the assassination of President Kennedy.

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Andrew O'Hehir

Oswald's Ghost is a thorough and systematic primer on how and why the JFK assassination became a generational obsession, and seemed to signal the demolition of at least one version of the American dream.

Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

Of course, it doesn't tell us what really happened; that's still shrouded in mystery and always will be, since Lee Harvey Oswald was shot within two days of his arrest.

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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News

[A] meticulously researched, seemingly unbiased summary of the [JFK] killing and the major conspiracy theories.

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Michael Fox
Village Voice

Stone argues quite convincingly that Kennedy's horrifically violent death will continue to prickle the national psyche.

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Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

So long as filmmakers think they're exposing hidden facts, we'll be experiencing the effects of "Oswald's Ghost" long into the future.

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Noel Murray
AV Club

Though the material is hardly fresh, it retains some fascination, and Stone has assembled Oswald's Ghost well, with few of the stylistic tics that marred his Guerilla: The Taking Of Patty Hearst.

Joe Leydon

Impresses as a concise, intelligent and rigorously well-researched piece of work.

Kam Williams
Sly Fox

The more interesting question to raise might be "What toll does it take on a society when someone as inconsequential as Lee Harvey Oswald can slay someone as historically significant as JFK?

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