Redford's second-best, 7/10
my review: http://lasttimeisawdotcom.wordpress.com/2012/10/30/last-film-i-saw-quiz-show/
Perhaps not as venomous as other films that have taken an insider’s view on the world of television this is nonetheless an entertaining drama, with an excellent screenplay featuring strong performances from a perfect cast. The idea of underhand and unseen medial manipulation may seem a little naïve to a modern audience, but Quiz Show perfectly captures the reactions this caused in the 1950’s. A great film.
This is a movie I have been dying to watch for years because I have been fascinated with Quiz Show scandals, and while it was good, I don't think it lived up to my expectations.
Remarkable in that Redford has managed to take such a potentially fascinating story and leech all possible energy and humor and just plain life out of it -- all that remains is a ponderous leaden elephantine bore of a film.
A fascinating first person narrative of the events depicted in the film...and a response to it from Charles Van Doren, himself. (The New Yorker, 2008)
Even though I didn't have great taste overall (was so mad that Jurassic Park didn't make the AFI top 100 movies), I am proud of myself for digging this when I was 12.
I love Forrest Gump. I love Pulp Fiction. But I wouldn't say Quiz Show it better. It's a fantastic movie and story that needed to be told. But the last 15min, I don't know, I guess just lost my captivation with it. I think they could of done a better job telling the ending.
The fact that Forrest Gump won best picture over Pulp Fiction AND Quiz Show, both superior films in every aspect, wows me to this day.
A SCANDALOUS,CONTROVERSIAL FILM.