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Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Fascinating story undercut by wordy, bland filmmaking.

Movie PG-13 2017 103 minutes
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Anything with multiple f-bombs should be at least 15+ in my book.

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Though Neeson is commanding in his role, and though Felt's story is a powerful one, this political drama eventually fails to rise above an overly explanatory, visually static storytelling style. Writer/director Peter Landesman previously made two other movies based on real-life political situations, Parkland and Concussion, and both were similarly shortchanged, more dedicated to explaining their messages than telling stories or conveying emotions.

The Watergate story has been told so well several times already, from All the President's Men (1976), Nixon (1995), and Frost/Nixon (2008), to the comedy Dick (1999), and it certainly could have been done again. But Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House can't seem to avoid endless scenes of men in rooms talking in tense tones -- or, worse, poor Lane's Audrey Felt doing nothing but getting aggravated with her husband. As the movie plods toward its history-changing conclusion, Landesman seems less and less certain of where to put the camera or how to lift up the story and get it moving.

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