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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 22, 2016
This is a movie about power, and its spectacle is that of a woman almost losing all of it. Larrain portrays all of this with the appropriate degree of horror and sorrow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 20, 2016
Portman is simply brilliant, getting to the essence of Jackie without resorting to a mere impersonation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 18, 2016
The title character never emerges from the iconic shell she inhabits to become a fully fleshed-out individual and the filmmakers are perhaps too reverential to make her seem real.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
December 16, 2016
"Jackie" is a gamble, and Portman makes it pay off.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Scott Marks
San Diego Reader
December 15, 2016
Together [director Larrain and star Portman] trap the character on film, like a rose frozen in a block of ice.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 15, 2016
It is a fever dream of a movie, tracking its subject as she tries to maintain control, maintain her composure, her sanity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Cary Darling
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
December 15, 2016
Larrain's gorgeously grim and austere vision bolsters a bravura performance from Natalie Portman. She inhabits Jackie as a woman who has been shaken to her core with grief.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 14, 2016
"Jackie" is mesmerizing; a familiar story told from an entirely different angle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Barry Hertz
Globe and Mail
December 9, 2016
To watch Portman's every move is to not only watch history being recreated, but to also witness history being made. No one will ever be able to touch this role again. Or, at least, no one should.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
December 8, 2016
Portman's performance carries the day.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 8, 2016
Natalie Portman is flawless as a string of pearls, and Peter Sarsgaard lends valuable support underplaying Robert Kennedy, but the ghoulishness of reenacting the assassination for the millionth time overwhelms the film's pretended merits.
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Jim Slotek
Toronto Sun
December 8, 2016
At the core of it all is Natalie Portman's masterful performance of a strong, tightly-reined personality, seen in almost painful, constant close-up.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
December 8, 2016
What emerges is more serious docudrama: a fully rendered vision of a woman ill-served by most previous accounts, featuring an Oscar-worthy lead performance by Portman. It's also one of the year's best movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
December 8, 2016
"Jackie" would have been an exceptionally smart, intriguing movie as an astutely conceived, well-crafted meditation on political mythmaking. In Larraín and Portman's hands, it becomes something deeper and more emotionally potent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
December 8, 2016
Even if it lacks full dimension, and a final imaginative leap past the biopic strictures, "Jackie" pulls you into its web, shot by shot, moment by moment - most of them Portman's.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
December 8, 2016
It's not a one-woman show but it's clearly Portman's film, and she makes the most of it, helping Larrain to answer the question: How are myths made?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
December 8, 2016
A carefully compiled dossier on the life of an ordinary woman in extraordinary times whose dignity and grace under pressure humbled the world at the time and influenced future generations without planning to.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
December 7, 2016
What is this movie trying to do? Simply dramatize everything that can go on inside a woman simultaneously marginalized and revered.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
December 7, 2016
What is the tension of the movie? Where is the drama? There's nothing at stake, no transformation to witness, just the weird spectacle of Portman's peculiar Jackie impersonation and the promise, hinted at throughout, that the assassination will be shown.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Nico Lang
Salon.com
December 3, 2016
"Jackie" transcends mimicry to achieve something greater - bringing the first lady's grief and resolve in the face of unspeakable loss to vivid life.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
December 2, 2016
[Portman] captures Jackie's mincing, tinkly speaking voice and brittle politesse, but some inner emotional core, even in Jackie's most resonant moments, as in the weeks after the assassination, is lacking.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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December 2, 2016
Pablo Larraín's Jackie is an elegy to two slandered traits: self-consciousness and superficiality.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Matt Zoller Seitz
RogerEbert.com
December 2, 2016
There are two movies in Jackie. One of these movies is just OK. The other is exceptional. The first one keeps undermining the second.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Will Leitch
The New Republic
December 2, 2016
We all know the Kennedy story by heart, but you'll still never look at Jackie the same way again.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
December 1, 2016
In some roles, Ms. Portman stiffens up and never seems to get out of her head; in "Jackie" this works as a character trait.
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December 1, 2016
There's a mesmeric intensity to Jackie that's unlike any biopic of its kind, marked by a deliberate effort to narrow the scope to one woman's actions and reactions over the course of a few fraught days.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
December 1, 2016
The real question is what Jackie as a whole adds up to, and the returns are mixed.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
December 1, 2016
A potent cinematic provocation. Powered by a transfixing Portman as Jackie, Larrain's film - one of the year's best - is appropriately hard to pin down and impossible to forget.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Katie Walsh
Tribune News Service
December 1, 2016
Portman is simply magnetic in the role, but it's a performance that works when in concert with all the other elements of the filmmaking... It's entirely of a piece; a perfect film because all of the details are perfect together.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Brian Lowry
CNN.com
December 1, 2016
Moving but fitfully realized.
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Claudia Puig
TheWrap
December 1, 2016
He offers glimmers of what lies beneath the near-mythic, elegant exterior, but Larrain's take is more impressionistic than revelatory, more presumptuous than knowing.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 1, 2016
"Jackie" does more than a disservice - bordering on an insult - to its subject: It's so obtuse about the history of mores that it's the equivalent of showing Abraham Lincoln reading the Gettysburg Address off a teleprompter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David Sims
The Atlantic
December 1, 2016
Jackie is a remarkably composed, artful piece of storytelling about storytelling, as an examination of the gauzy reputation of the Kennedys and the darker myth-making involved.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
December 1, 2016
For all its disorienting intensity, emphasized by Mica Levi's keening and discordant score, Jackie operates at a chilly remove from the viewer.
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Leah Greenblatt
Entertainment Weekly
December 1, 2016
Both wildly stylized and feverishly intimate, a surreal collision of private and public selves played out simultaneously in the exclusive back rooms of power and on the world's biggest stage.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
December 1, 2016
Jackie is a hard movie to love, but its brittleness might be its most admirable quality.
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
December 1, 2016
An ambitious but jumbled drama in which the central figure remains elusive. Portman's performance gets lost in the chaos.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
December 1, 2016
Larraín told his producers he wouldn't do "Jackie" unless Natalie Portman agreed to take on the role, and her superb performance, utterly convincing without being anything like an impersonation, vindicates his determination.
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
December 1, 2016
For Portman, this isn't so much the role of a lifetime as maybe the roles, plural: The notion of multiple Jackies affords her a range of personas ...
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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April Wolfe
Village Voice
November 30, 2016
A searing, almost scary thrill ride through the psyche of one very determined woman ... a reminder that JFK's visage owns the half dollar because Jackie owned Americans' hearts.
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
November 29, 2016
Pablo Larrain's Jackie, a work of probing intimacy and shattered stereotype, is an electrifyingly fractured portrait of the former First Lady.
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Stephen Whitty
New York Daily News
November 29, 2016
Portman's been a committed, in-the-moment actress since she was a skinny kid running after "Leon: The Professional" but "Jackie" is an accomplishment on the Oscar-winning order of "Black Swan."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Brian Truitt
USA Today
November 29, 2016
The iconic first lady is given emotional complexity and rich understanding through a stirring and ambitious performance by Natalie Portman in director Pablo Larrain's powerful drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mara Reinstein
Us Weekly
November 28, 2016
Natalie Portman depicts the former First Lady not as an enigmatic glamour icon, but as a flesh-and-blood woman grieving her husband - as well the end of her fairy-tale Camelot life.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
November 28, 2016
I happen to find the result intrusive, presumptuous, and often absurd, but, for anyone who thinks that all formality is a front, and that the only point of a façade is that it should crack, "Jackie" delivers a gratifying thrill.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
September 14, 2016
Eclipsing her work in Black Swan, Portman flutters like a sail in a brisk wind. She is scattered, tense, wrecked and compellingly defiant in the face of those who would have her act a certain way.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
September 12, 2016
Extraordinary in its piercing intimacy and lacerating in its sorrow.
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Guy Lodge
Variety
September 7, 2016
Chilean helmer Pablo Larraín makes an extraordinary English-lingo debut with this daring, many-leveled portrait of history's favorite First Lady.