All the President's Men (1976) - Rotten Tomatoes

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All the President's Men (1976)



Critic Consensus: A taut, solidly acted paean to the benefits of a free press and the dangers of unchecked power, made all the more effective by its origins in real-life events.

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A reconstruction of the discovery of the White House link with the Watergate affair by two young reporters from the Washington Post.

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Robert Redford
as Bob Woodward
Dustin Hoffman
as Carl Bernstein
Jason Robards
as Ben Bradlee
Jack Warden
as Harry Rosenfeld
Martin Balsam
as Howard Simons
Hal Holbrook
as Deep Throat
Meredith Baxter
as Debbie Sloane
Ned Beatty
as Dardis
Stephen Collins
as Hugh Sloan Jr.
Jane Alexander
as Bookkeeper
Penny Fuller
as Sally Aiken
John McMartin
as Foreign Editor
Robert Walden
as Donald Segretti
Frank Wills
as Frank Wills
F. Murray Abraham
as 1st Arresting Officer
David Arkin
as Bachinski
John Randolph
as Voice of Bob Haldeman
Bryan Clark
as Arguing Attorney
Valerie Curtin
as Miss Milland
Nate Esformes
as Gonzales
Ron Hale
as Sturgis
Polly Holliday
as Secretary
Gene Lindsey
as Baldwin
John O'Leary
as Attorney
Jess Osuna
as FBI Man
Neva Patterson
as Angry Woman
Lelan Smith
as Officer
Stanley Clay
as Assistant Metro Editor
John Devlin
as Metro Editor
John Furlong
as Newsdesk Editor
Basil Hoffman
as Assistant Metro Editor
George Wyner
as Attorney
Jamie Smith Jackson
as Post Librarian
Jeff Mackay
as Reporter
Louis Quinn
as Salesman
Richard Venture
as Assistant Metro Editor
Wendell Wright
as Assistant Metro Editor
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Critic Reviews for All the President's Men

All Critics (65) | Top Critics (13)

A story that has been marshalled with dazzling skill and precision, but lacks the imaginative hooks that might have taken it even further in mood and meaning.

March 17, 2020 | Full Review…

All the President's Men is a quintessential American movie: It does a lot of things well and makes it all look simple. It works on several levels.

March 31, 2016 | Full Review…

While there's an undoubted fascination in all this, after a couple of hours it begins to wear thin.

July 22, 2015 | Full Review…

The opening of the film, with Woodward (Robert Redford) and Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) first stumbling over the story, is involving and sometimes exciting, but from then on it degenerates into confusion and repetition.

July 22, 2015 | Full Review…

Political commentators seem to feel that this All the President's Men will have a far-reaching political impact this year. I'd be more inclined to believe it if the film affected a provocative emotional tone. Pakula is just too cool under the collar.

July 21, 2015 | Full Review…

As smart and cautionary now as it was in the '70s.

February 13, 2012 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for All the President's Men


Pakula creates a remarkably absorbing drama that moves without hurry, following each step of a real-life journalistic investigation that should remind us of the absolute importance of a free press in democratic countries where powerful people still believe they can rise above the law.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

A bonafide hit the political thriller "All The President's Men" garnered a total of Eight Oscar nominations including Best Picture and won Four including Best Supporting Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Sound and Art Direction.

Mister Caple
Mister Caple

Super Reviewer

"The most devastating detective story of this century." Reporters Woodward and Bernstein uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Nixon's resignation.

Alan J. Pakula's seminal political thriller which relates the scandalous Watergate affair from the relentless investigation two journalists Woodward (Robert Redford) and Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) undertook. They had flair, used their reasoning and deduction faculties in a stalwart way without giving in too much to discouragement to reconstitute with tenacity and accuracy this scandal which will lead to the resignation of Nixon. All this throughout countless phone calls, conversations with witnesses who were however often reluctant to talk, intensive researches. More than half of the movie occurs in the editorial office and not only has Pakula a sense of space to make this place bright but also to captivate the viewer's attention while the two journalists pore over their research and discoveries. Technically speaking, his film commands admiration and respect: helped by the topnotch work of his DP Gordon Willis, his camera work shines throughout the work which is also scattered by first-class sequences. The very last one of course and one of my favorites is the following one: when Hoffman goes to Redford's apartment to inform him of his new discoveries, the latter turns up the music very loud, then he begins to type on the typewriter and incites his companion to communicate through this scheme because there are mikes in the room. An ingenious way to eschew one trap their enemies set. Because all the ones who were involved in this affair try to hush it up. An affair painstakingly reconstituted as well as a documentary about the American press's work methods, a faultless directing, a visual, technical splendor and a topflight performance, what more could you ask for from a cracker that can stand (or rather) encourages multiple viewings?

Lorenzo von Matterhorn
Lorenzo von Matterhorn

Super Reviewer

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