Owen Gleiberman
January 17, 2005 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Assassination of Richard Nixon

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
95 minutes
Limited Release Date
12/29/04
performer
Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, Don Cheadle, Jack Thompson, Michael Wincott
director
Niels Mueller
distributor
Focus Features
author
Kevin Kennedy, Niels Mueller
genre
Drama

We gave it a B+

Sean Penn plays the sort of flamboyantly recessive loser-putz (wormy mustache; whiny, begging voice) who, by now, may be more familiar from the movies than he is from real life. Set in 1974, this attempt to create a middle-class Taxi Driver has a creepy, meticulous exactitude.

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