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Nixon

1995
Drama
Biography
3h 12m
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Rated 20 May 2021
99
94th
This was the last truly groundbreaking picture Oliver Stone directed. As a biopic it's creative in its execution, cinematically akin to Citizen Kane in how it tries to understand what is missing at the core of a public man. But the story is Shakespearean in the way it dramatizes closed door conversations. Anthony Hopkins gives the movie the wonderful tone, as his stoic, private, drive compliments what he did in The Remains of the Day. Great for both film classes and history courses.
Rated 14 Dec 2016
78
71st
Anthony Hopkins is great in the lead role in this film. There are a few slow moments but there are also plenty of interesting ones in this drama. Overall I would recommend this film.
Rated 31 Oct 2020
70
42nd
I don't generally like Oliver Stone, but I like this movie with a few reservations. It's more of a character study than a biopic trek through the man's life, and Stone is fairly compassionate, not letting Nixon off the hook, but acknowledging that there was potential greatness in this horrifically flawed man. Hopkins is really good, avoiding straightforward imitation and kind of internalizing the man and letting him seep out in small ways.
Rated 07 Oct 2012
90
66th
This isn't a movie about Nixon's life; it isn't a three hour bore that narrates his life from birth, to death. It's a film that digs deep into the consciousness of Nixon and seeks to unravel the identity of America's enigmatic leader. The depth of the screenplay and uncovering of Nixon's consciousness is what makes this a biopic like no other. Story: 10 Screenplay: 9 Acting: 9.5 Cinematography: 9.5 Editing: 8.5 Entertainment Value: 8.7 Directing: 9 Music: 8 Overall Score: 72.
Rated 14 Oct 2020
53
57th
After seeing the runtime, I deep down was looking for excuses to dislike this movie. But the drama and political landscape are so well executed that I was having a hard time. And then some of Oliver Stone's stylistic flourishes didn't fit, and had me rolling my eyes. But the tremendous cast won me over ultimately, including perhaps Hopkins' finest performance.
Rated 26 Jul 2010
65
42nd
Very well-made and benefited by Anthony Hopkins' splendid turn as Nixon. Its laborious runtime, though, kills its potential for greatness.
Rated 10 Jan 2010
84
93rd
I can see why other people would dislike it - the film is schizophrenic and hangs around way too long. But hey, that was Nixon in real life. He is simultaneously the weirdest and one of the most fascinating figures in American politics, so Hopkins giving a tour-de-force ensures a strong score. In hindsight this is actually more historically illuminating than Stone's magnus opus JFK.
Rated 28 May 2012
75
26th
Strangely sympathetic of Nixon and shot and edited in a way that made me want to punch Oliver Stone in the face. Seriously, if you cut out a lot of that bullshit the movie would probably be 20 minutes shorter. But the cast is really impressive, with good performances from Joan Allen, James Woods, Paul Sorvino and Mary Steenburgen, with Anthony Hopkins doing a good job leading the ensemble.
Rated 13 Feb 2009
3
74th
Epic.
Rated 19 Apr 2022
73
78th
Bloated but fascinating epic about a complicated man who is presented both sympathetically and critically. Stone's formal trickery was toned down here somewhat, but the Wellesian style low angles and experimentation with lenses and film stock creates unusually tense, even poignant moments. The downsides are the dime-store psychology, especially in the flashbacks to Nixon's youth, and scenes that tend to ramble. Nonetheless, this is gripping pop political cinema, and Hoskins is great.
Rated 27 Aug 2009
90
97th
Robert Richardson's cinematography is something to be seen.
Rated 11 Oct 2020
95
84th
Another incredible performance by Hopkins.
Rated 21 Dec 2009
82
52nd
Not completely successful, but an excellent Hopkins performance. As with most Stone movies, this one is heavy-handed, too obvious in its politics, and unrelieved by either humor or humanity.
Rated 13 Feb 2012
80
68th
God bless Oliver Stone for putting this film in non-chronological order. The alternative version would have been unwatchable.
Rated 11 Feb 2021
53
41st
does to suspension of disbelief what a shrill note does to double-plated glass
Rated 14 Oct 2019
50
23rd
It actually does a decent job of filling it’s 3+ hour runtime, even if it really doesn’t need it. The film is carried by Hopkins, with hardly any likable people to draw you in. It also doesn’t hold your hand for things and people you don’t know, but you can still get the gist of everything. I did like how they actually humanized Nixon at times with his childhood, even if it didn’t make the modern version of him much better. Overall It wasn’t Stone’s best or worst film.
Rated 02 May 2007
100
95th
Meaty, very satisfying political film. Excellent performance by Hopkins; it was actually harder to get used to Powers Boothe as Alexander Haig than to get used to Hopkins as Nixon
Rated 26 Aug 2008
50
29th
I like Stone's movies (though he tends to get hysterical at times), and I like Hopkins, but Hopkins as Nixon?
Rated 02 Oct 2013
73
46th
72.500
Rated 16 Oct 2021
4
63rd
to glimpse the beast's eyes
Rated 12 Jun 2011
73
42nd
Too long and very self-indulgent and confusing at times, but Stone mostly manages to pull it off. The performance of Hopkins and the cinematography are great, and the pacing is nicely done throughout the movie. I do think however that a lot of parts could have been cut, if it had been shorter and more to the point it would have made for a much better movie. You have to be in the mood to watch this because it's a long dragged out drama, however a solid film nonetheless.
Rated 01 Jan 2011
100
89th
It's a superb, thoughtful drama that doesn't claim to be a documentary and shouldn't be judged as such.
Rated 08 Nov 2010
35
90th
"A staggering work of empathy for Stone." - Matt Noller
Rated 15 Dec 2011
73
50th
72.875
Rated 13 Aug 2012
55
55th
too long
Rated 12 Sep 2008
88
93rd
(Director's Cut)
Rated 26 Dec 2008
41
38th
Personally, I didn't like how Nixon was portraited and I don't believe he was the complete evil man as many think.
Rated 25 Oct 2008
70
14th
Nixon spent his presidency rambling around, cursing at aides. And he knew about JFK's assassination beforehand. Stone only gets crazier.
Rated 21 Apr 2012
5
56th
I liked the mythologization and all the performances are great without question, but the script and sentimental tone make it rather mediocre.
Rated 17 Sep 2007
70
63rd
well acted film

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