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It may lack the grandeur of Oliver Stone's JFK, but this candid take on the Kennedy assassination has an inherent validity

Here is a decent ensemble movie that has been sniffed at on the festival circuit – partly, I suspect, because Zac Efron is in it. It's a heartfelt, modest and well staged film about the Kennedy assassination, lacking the voltage of JFK, Oliver Stone's great conspiracy opera, certainly, but it has a valid idea to put across: namely, that what emerges in the disaster is not a network of plots, but a web of shame and fear just visible in the miasma of sadness. Medics, feds and secret service are each sick with a spoken or unspoken guilt that they are to blame in not preventing Kennedy's death. Among those particularly caught up in the catastrophe are the staff at Dallas's Parkland Memorial Hospital, who find themselves enduring »

- Peter Bradshaw

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