I saw this years ago.  It’s considered a classic thriller, so I decided to revisit it.  Nope.  Doesn’t work.  The opening assassination is so poorly planned it’s laughable.  And then Warren Beatty misplays his character.  He’s too cool, too pretty, and did not engage me one bit.  I simply couldn’t buy him as a scrappy, down-at-the-heels reporter, and so I didn’t care when he finally latched onto a Pulitzer-caliber Big Story.  The direction too was distancing.


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