The Assassination of Richard Nixon
The Assassination of Richard Nixon (2004)

The true story of a man who, on February 22, 1974, was thwarted from an ambitious plan for political assassination provides the basis for this striking psychological drama. Sam Bicke (Sean Penn) is a salesman for an office-supply company… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 29, 2004
DVD Release Date: April 26, 2005
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Critic Score: 68% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Sean Penn brings this obscure failure back to life in a vivid portrayal of a madman in the making, a madman who had a date with a gun and history.

Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

A well-made if relatively uninvolved character study with nothing noteworthy to say.

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Cole Smithey

Debut writer/director Neils Mueller (co-writer on "Tadpole") stitches together an ambiguous meditation on the pervasive affects of government corruption during the Nixon Administration that led a Baltimore man to attempt to kill the President by hijacking

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

It's not just Nixon's shadow that hangs like a cloud over Assassination, it's the shadow of the bummerific era of American movies his regime spawned.

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

Assassination is an odd little movie. It's exceptionally well-done but doesn't attain the levels of meaning for which it seems to be striving.

Prairie Miller
Long Island Press

The film manages something quite remarkable, both a compassion for Bicke's wounded sense of life's betrayals, and stark revulsion for the personal logic of his bloody remedy.

Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

The idea that assassins are products of their times is intriguing, but The Assassination of Richard Nixon is betrayed by its ambitions and pretensions.

Michael Booth
Denver Post

The always remarkable Penn infuses Sam Bicke with more originality than the plot allowed. Mueller took a real-life incident now lost in the history books and re-created a sympathetic back story for Bicke.

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Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total

(...) Niels Mueller (...) conduce el relato con seguridad y tensión creciente hacia el inevitable estallido de violencia final.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
The Assassination of Richard Nixon has everything you could hope for in a quality film. An engaging story full of interesting characters, great acting, score… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"The mad story of a true man."</i> Sam Bicke (Sean Penn) is a salesman for an office-supply company whose life is slowly beginning… More
Kevin M. Williams
Not an "entertaining" film to watch here, but Sean Penn's performance as a soul drowning in an avalanche of setbacks is as definite as the sound… More
Jens S.
Based on true events that also inspired Taxi Driver this is the story of a man who is slowly losing control over his life on pretty much every level and starts… More
Ginny  X
<font face="arial" size=2> <center><b>"I am but a grain of sand. The meek shall not inherit the earth. The earth belongs to the… More
Derek Daniels
Typical great performances from Penn and Cheadle, this is not some kind of normal "pyscho killer goes insane and wants to kill the president" story.… More

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