Parkland (2013)

PARKLAND recounts the chaotic events that occurred in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963, the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Written and directed by Peter Landesman and produced by Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 4, 2013
DVD Release Date: November 5, 2013
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Consensus: Although its decision to look at John F. Kennedy's assassination through uncommon perspectives is refreshing, Parkland never achieves the narrative cohesion its subject deserves.

Anthony Lane
New Yorker

Kennedy specialists will glean nothing new, and those hoping for sobriety will flinch at the camera's intrusions.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

Takes one of the most traumatizing events of the American 20th century and turns it into a trivia digest.

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Matthew Bond
The Mail on Sunday (UK)

The acting, by stars such as Zac Efron, Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton and James Badge Dale, is low-key and magnificent.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

This episodic drama is set in Dallas during the three days after the JFK assassination, and some of it is highly charged.

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Godfrey Cheshire

"Parkland" expends lots of energy and expertise on re-creating these infamous events, yet it is so lacking in narrative purpose that many viewers are likely to leave muttering, "Okay...but so what?"

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Jared Mobarak
The Film Stage

The performances are powerful, the authenticity is admirable, and the tone remains objective in its depiction of events throughout.

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Ella Taylor

Somehow, all this commotion adds up to aimless inertia, in part because the movie lacks a point of view - let alone anything fresh to propose about the assassination or its peripheral players.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Parkland is history as existential despair.

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Graham Young
Birmingham Mail

A ( ... ) pragmatic, four-day, fly-on-the-wall view of Dallas when the 20th Century's most documented death arguably facilitated the birth of 24-hour rolling news, citizen journalism and You Tube.

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Flixster Audience Score: 47% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Based on the book from Vincent Bugliosi. A really great writer, by the way. This story was very insightful. It depicts all that happened following the shooting… More
Todd Smith
Based on Vincent Bugliosi's book, Four Days in November, the film Parkland chronicles the events following the assassination of JFK. What I liked about… More
Bruce Bruce
I left feeling unsure about what the goal of this movie was. I've seen better documentaries on TV which went much more in depth with the material. Yet… More
Jeffrey Meyers
Released just ahead of the 50th anniversary of that tragic day, Parkland is an examination of the JFK assassination from the point of view of the "on the… More
Alex roy
Following the assassination of John F. Kennedy, he was brought to Parkland Hospital, and this film is tells the story of what Happened on November 22, 1963 and… More
Panta Oz
I was hoping that this historical drama that recounts the chaotic events that occurred following John F. Kennedy's assassination would offer something more… More