Elvis & Nixon
Elvis & Nixon (2016)

On a December morning in 1970, the King of Rock 'n Roll showed up on the lawn of the White House to request a meeting with the most powerful man in the world, President Nixon. The untold true story behind this revealing, yet humorous… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: April 22, 2016
DVD Release Date: July 19, 2016
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Elvis & Nixon may not do much to expand on its absurdly iconic photographic source material, but it's rarely less than engaging thanks to its talented starring duo.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

The spectacle of Presley visiting Nixon's buttoned-down White House in his jeweled sunglasses, silk scarf, open shirt, and giant gold belt is inherently farcical, but Elvis & Nixon might have delivered more than dumb laughs.

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Jocelyn Noveck
Associated Press

What the movie, directed by Liza Johnson, lacks in factual material it replaces with whimsy and quirky humour, helped greatly by the casting of Michael Shannon as Presley and Kevin Spacey as Nixon.

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tt stern-enzi
Cincinnati CityBeat

From a cinematic standpoint, especially from an independent framework, what could be better than having Shannon and Spacey go toe-to-toe as these iconic figures?

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Richard Brody
New Yorker

The dialogue sparkles with gems of historical allusion and perceptive asides, and the actors virtually sing it; the film plays like a whirling sociopolitical operetta.

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

A sharper movie would have pushed this bizarre incident into psychological rawness, revealing a shared sense of paranoia. Breezy, comic and disposable, Elvis & Nixon is not that film.

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Martha K. Baker
KDHX (St. Louis)

Elvis & Nixon should be so funny is delightful -- especially to Americans of a certain age.

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Leah Greenblatt
Entertainment Weekly

As a surreal slice of history served up nearly half a century later, it feels oddly satisfying: A reminder not just of simpler times, but of all the other wild untold stories we may never know, just because no camera was there to capture them.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Even when I didn't buy a word being said, I went with the flow. Why? Michael Shannon as Elvis and Kevin Spacey as Tricky Dick. Watching great actors swing for the fences is something special.

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Ned Lannamann
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

A piece of blissfully speculative fiction that takes its small but amusing concept and runs with it.

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Flixster Audience Score: 57% Flixster User Reviews
Jens S.
It's hard to say how much of this meeting is actually based on facts, and how much is fantasy. The two historical figures are not exactly portrayed very… More
Gimly M.
Michael Shannon as Elvis and Kevin Spacey as Tricky Dick elevate the piece far above what it would have been otherwise, though still not quite so high as the… More
Carlos Magalh„es
Even if it doesn't have that much to offer apart from being an amusing curiosity about an iconic moment immortalized in a photograph, the film is super… More
Stephen Skudlarek
This is an incredibly silly film, but still a funny, quirky comedy revolving around a very interesting event.
Dann Michalski
Quirky and fun, Elvis & Nixon is a lighthearted indie comedy about the surprisingly true story behind one of the most famous photographs in the National… More
Thomas Drufke
Michael Shannon as Elvis and Kevin Spacey (the king of impressions as Nixon? You sold me. Elvis & Nixon tells the untold 'true' story behind one… More