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History . Drama . Thriller . Mystery

November 22nd, 1963 was a day that changed the world forever — when young American President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. This film follows, almost in real time, a handful of individuals forced to make split-second decisions after an event that would change their lives and forever alter the world’s landscape.

Actors: Zac Efron , Billy Bob Thornton , Ron Livingston , Tom Welling , Paul Giamatti , Colin Hanks , Marcia Gay Harden , Jacki Weaver , Jackie Earle Haley , James Badge Dale , Matt Barr , Mallory Moye
Directors: Peter Landesman
Country: USA
Release: 2013-10-02
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  • Stephen Farber

    Engrossing, quietly revelatory, and often profoundly moving as it retells a story we only thought we knew.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    The chief virtues of Parkland are journalistic in the best sense.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    It does assemble a compelling collage from the experiences of several real-life witnesses to the event and its aftermath.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    A sobering, documentary-style film commemorating eyewitness accounts of what happened in the aftermath of the tragedy, some of them fresh as a new wound, all of them painful but vital to a deeper understanding of one of the darkest chapters in American history.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Parkland is a fascinating insider’s view of those fateful two days in November of 1963, when a president was murdered, his assassin was gunned down in custody and generations of conspiracies were born.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    The writer-director digs deeply and with a marked sensitivity, capturing the desperate, heartbroken humanity of the time and the place. But it is also a movie of frustrating stumbles — blunders that diminish what might have been a brilliant film.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    Parkland adds no significant knowledge to history or conspiracy theorists, but such details as the way Zapruder’s scrunched-up eye pops wide open when he witnesses what will be forever imprinted on his retina and amateur film are vivid.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    A film of modest ambition and workmanlike pacing, it breaks little new ground, either in form or content. Then again, that may be the point.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    All of this is secondary, even tertiary material, even if much of it is interesting and even wrenching to behold.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    The events of those days would have been better covered in greater depth in a miniseries, rather than a 90-minute movie.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Bruce Ingram

    It shouldn’t necessarily be the case that a film focusing on the collateral details of the shooting, after the fact, would feel dull and uninvolving, but this writing/directing debut by journalist Peter Landesman does, with the exception of a few particularly interesting revelations.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Bulging with period details and a large and busy cast, Parkland is well made and at times queasily fascinating. At others, it gives in to melodrama and the ticking off of facts.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Parkland is wildly uneven, although compulsively watchable.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Laremy Legel

    Parkland mines some interesting scenes, if not in an entirely coherent fashion, resolving as more of an interesting concept than a fully rendered and effective film. Full Review
  • Staff (Not credited)

    Dramatically it’s bitty, with, to paraphrase a great American newsman of the time, too much, too fast. But there is no denying how absorbing the tumultuous events of those four days remain.

    Empire Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    The acting is first rate, the story still heartbreakingly urgent. But ultimately Parkland plays more like a re-enactment than a film in its own right.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    Perhaps it’s inevitable that the movie works best not while we’re watching fictional recreations, but when we see real footage or hear actual broadcasts.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    Parkland finds a new angle on an exhaustively chronicled and debated subject by focussing on the grim practicalities of the situation.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Xan Brooks

    If the film finally doesn't tell us anything we did not already know, the approach makes a worn-out old tragedy feel supple and urgent.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Mike D'Angelo

    As vicarious, you-are-there re-creations of historical events go, it’s creditably workmanlike; whether that’s the best use of the dream factory is another matter.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    The most grievous sins here are sins of omission.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • 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?" Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    Because the film, which affects the style of “United 93,” offers no new insights, theories or important information, you’re left wondering why it was made.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Those looking for some human interest in their human interest may be equally frustrated.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Chuck Bowen

    The Peter Landesman film's overt politics are minimal, aside from defaulting to the myth of John F. Kennedy as a martyr for...something.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Ella Taylor

    Awkward, incoherent and plodding.

    NPR Full Review
  • Tom Huddleston

    A potentially gripping study of the fallout from the JFK assassination as experienced by his doctors, secret service agents and the man who famously photographed the incident is rendered tame by a combination of flat writing and overly busy storytelling.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Kate Stables

    Despite some affecting moments, the lumbering Parkland feels more like a well-researched magazine feature than an involving drama. As Billy Bob Thornton’s lawman says: “This was not supposed to happen.”

    Total Film Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    And so, as the solemnity of the enterprise is frittered away, you feel moved to ask: what is this film for?

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Pete Vonder Haar

    It's in the film's second half that Parkland goes all Tony Romo and fumbles. Instead of becoming truly engrossing, it threatens to descend into unreserved melodrama.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    The tone never stops waffling, and nothing truly revelatory ever emerges about those terrible few days in Texas. What we’re left with is the Disney theme-park version of history — all waxworks and weepiness.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Sadly, what Parkland becomes is a crying shame.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    Granted, Landesman feels an obligation to history, but there’s something ponderously obvious about the way so many of these scenes are played.

    Variety Full Review
  • Robbie Collin

    Oswald’s brother Robert, played by James Badge Dale, is the film’s only rational human being, and Dale makes you wish Landesman had written the entire film from his angle.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Oliver Lyttelton

    There's a pleasing egalitarianism to the film's history-through-the-eyes-of-the-ordinary-man concept, but the script rarely makes the case that their versions are compelling enough to warrant a film.

    The Playlist Full Review
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