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All The President's Men

drama, thrillers

Two reporters trail the Watergate burglary to the doorstep of the White House. ROBERT REDFORD and DUSTIN HOFFMAN star. Three Academy Awards(R) went to this true suspenseful story.

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common sense

ON for kids age 12
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
1 out of 5
1 out of 5

Superb Woodward and Bernstein Watergate story.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this classic drama based on the true story of the reporters who uncovered the Watergate scandal has some tense moments, strong language (including "s--t" and "f--k"), smoking, and drinking. Kids may need some historical context in order to understand the story's complex characters and situations, but those who stick with it will take away positive messages about persistence and dedication to the truth.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about why Woodward and Bernstein are the only reporters interested in the story. Why did they insist on two sources before they would publish anything?
  • One of the people portrayed in the movie later testified before the Watergate Committee that he had "lost his moral compass." What does that mean? How does something like that happen?
  • How has technology changed the way that reporters do research and prepare their stories?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: A classic. More important now than it was 20 years ago.

- Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum, Thursday, June 24, 2010


- Cole Smithey,, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: Alan Pakula's chronicle of the Washington Post Vs. the Watergate scandal is not only a poignant statement about the role of the press in the 1970s, but one of the most successful political movies in American history, both artistically and commercially.

- Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

5 stars

One of the greatest, if not the greatest, political suspense movie of all time. Strong directing, acting and visuals. Alan J. Pakula's style is preset here more than in any of his other movies, except for maybe Klute. The sense of not knowing the bigger picture is always something in the back of the viewers mind, creating such a great unsettling tone. Both Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman turn in some of their best performances. When a timely movie can stand the test of time, that is when you know it's powerful.

- ythelastman89, Tuesday, August 24, 2010

5 stars

Two reporters for a big city newspaper discover a conspiracy in the U.S. government that involves the CIA, the FBI and the Justice Department -- even up to the Oval Office. Sounds like a great premise for a movie, doesn't it? Damn right it does. And it's even better because it's TRUE. This film is based on the book of the same name by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, both newbie reporters at the Washington Post, who investigated a break-in at the Democratic National HQ that eventually brought down men all the way up the ladder, culminating in the resignation of President Nixon. I was just a kid when all this took place (early 70s), so I'm only vaguely aware of the details. It was interesting for me to learn who did what when, where and to whom. And my research librarian background savored every morsel of the investigative process. This film is as gripping and nerve-racking as any spy novel or suspense thriller. And to know that it really happened just adds to the thrill. It's nearly 2-1/2 hours and I never looked away from the screen for the first hour and a half. Excellent performances by Robert Redford (Woodward WISHES he looked that good!) and Dustin Hoffman in the Woodward and Bernstein roles, and a class act of support, with Jason Robards Jr,, Jane Alexander, and as "Deep Throat", informant who met with Bob Woodward and broke the story open, Hal Holbrook. A humdinger of a film with a story so outrageous that no one would believe if it wasn't documented in history books.

- webalina, Thursday, March 4, 2010

5 stars

This movie is difficult. You have to really push yourself to actually watch the whole way through, or you are really into the whole 'suspense without anything happening' style. It is a really difficult film to watch without sleeping at least once. But despite that, there is a reason that it is critically acclaimed all around the globe, and that's because it is so perfectly paced the whole way through. Watching it in today's context is difficult. Surrounded by the cheap thrills of crappy action films and childish comedies, it is difficult to appreciate the incredible direction and meaty content matter. But for those of you who are serious about it, you will find a lot to love here. Dustin Hoffman is brilliant, as per the norm, as the gutsy and slightly 'Rain Man' Carl Bernstein and Robert Redford is is great as the idealistic though slightly self-centered Robert Woodward. The fact that this is based on a true story is just one of the reasons that this film works so well. It's all very well imagining an event like this, but for the generation who lived through it and remember it, this becomes much more than the gripping thriller which it is in its own right, it becomes a journey into their own past, which is more convincing than any storyteller. The tense moments which abound are all amazing, shot and paced so delicately and precisely that you can't help to fell frightened. Paying attention to the age old rule of that which you can't see is scarier, Pakula manages to have you on your toes without actually doing anything. The caution that is applied to the circumstances and the cleverness of the script also helps to make this film as good as it is. Great movie. Defining Scene: It's gotta be the amazing ending with Dustin Hoffman counting slowly to ten down the phone line. That moment of realisation sends tingles down the spine.

- TomBowler, Sunday, November 8, 2009