JFK (1991)

The November 22, 1963, assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy shocked the nation and the world. The brisk investigation of that murder conducted under the guidance of Supreme Court Justice Earl Warren distressed many observers,… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 20, 1991
DVD Release Date: August 27, 1997
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: As history, Oliver Stone's JFK is dubious, but as filmmaking it's electric, cramming a ton of information and excitement into its three-hour runtime and making great use of its outstanding cast.

Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter

While Stone has certainly stirred up the waters, with good conscience and, in JFK's own parlance, "with vigah," most people are likely to regard JFK as BS.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

The film's insurmountable problem is the vast amount of material it fails to make coherent sense of.

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Brad Phelps
Tulsa World

JFK undeniably is well crafted and exhilarating. But it comes equipped with the biggest movie caveat emptor on record -- the historical context is Stone's and Stone's alone.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Sad to say, Oliver Stone's three hours of bombast did little to raise the level of discussion.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

As speculation, JFK is riveting. As proof, it's bunk. Stone has turned what he considers the crime of the century into a disturbing anomaly -- a dishonest search for truth.

Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

An often extraordinary movie, not only in its technical prowess but also in the way Stone is able to combine historical facts with his own flights of fancy.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Stone goes for the gut, but the complexity of theories surrounding the Kennedy assassination might have benefited from a cooler assessment.

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Costner may not resemble the real Garrison much ... but the actor, in a low-key but forceful performance, nicely conveys the requisite grit, curiosity and fearlessness.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

an imperfect masterpiece

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
If you ever needed proof Costner can't act, look no further than this paranoid gobbledygook. Absurd premise and stupid characters. But the lighting is… More
Alex roy
I'm not really big into conspiracy theories and all. In fact, I mostly think that conspiracy theorists are nut cases, and quite often lunatics. In regard… More
Mark Walker
Director Oliver Stone is no stranger to biopics or documentaries covering the lives of influential or powerful people. He has looked in the lives of Vietnam… More
Ken Stachnik
A great story, fantastic editing and awesome cinematography make JFK's 3 and half hour run-time fly by.
Chris Weber
Please note that this review is over the director's cut of the film, clocking in at about 205 minutes. Everyone knows John Fitzgerald Kennedy was… More
Melvin White
Jim Garrison: It's gonna be OK, Dave. You just talk to us on the record, we'll protect you. I guarantee it. David Ferrie: They'll get to you… More