(1991)

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Metascore

Based on 29 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
Stone and his editors, Joe Hutshing and Pietro Scalia, have somehow triumphed over the tumult of material here and made it work - made it grip and disturb us.
91
[Stone's] filmmaking is so supple and alive, his obsession with the visual aspect of history so electrifying, that JFK practically roots itself in your imagination.
90
Through his art and passion, Stone makes JFK plausible, and turns his thesis of a coup d'etat into fodder for renewed debate.
88
Controversy and all, JFK is one of the year's most powerful and provocative films.
88
Director and co-screenwriter Oliver Stone pulls off an amazing filmmaking feat with JFK, transforming the dry minutiae of every John F. Kennedy assassination conspiracy theory of the past three decades into riveting screen material.
80
Truth or not, this is an exceptional piece of cinema, deeply provoking and audacious.
78
Austin Chronicle
Stone makes it virtually impossible to leave the theatre convinced, beyond all shadow of doubt, of the lone gunman theory.
63
Rolling Stone
The movie is often tremendously exciting.
60
The movie, which is simultaneously arrogant and timorous, has been unable to separate the important material from the merely colorful.
20
Chicago Reader
Stone's all-purpose conspiracy theory, built like a house of cards, rivals "Mississippi Burning" in its sheer crudeness and contempt for the audience.

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