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: 76% 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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Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com

The satirical energy picks up considerably once the King finally arrives at the White House, but the two halves are so different that it's worth considering whether the material would have worked better as a one-act play.

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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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Michael A. Smith
MediaMikes

The film moves quickly, buoyed by the performances of its stars.

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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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John O'Driscoll
RTÉ (Ireland)

After keeping the two apart for so long, when Elvis and Nixon do meet, the movie shines. Both lead-actors have great fun teasing out the absurdity of the situation, while neither falls into the danger zone of caricaturing their real life subjects.

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
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
Philip Price
In December 1970 Elvis Presley apparently wasn't feeling too great about the direction America was headed in. If one wasn't aware, Presley was largely… More