I have to give this film points for style, but the story left me confused. This is definitely the worst of director Alan J. Pakula’s “paranoia” trilogy (Klute, The Parallax View, and All The President’s Men). It’s not terrible, but approach it with caution.
This is definitely an Alan J. Pakula film. It has that cold suspense that you find in a film like The Parallax View. No cue music, no scenes of high tension, just a slow methodical building of suspense. That works in All The President’s Men as we watch Woodward and Bernstein slowly uncover the conspiracy that we all know today. The one problem with this film is that you can kind of get bogged down in the names. A real problem if someone didn’t know their American history. I have to recommend this film.