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Chappaquiddick (2018)

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Critic Consensus: Chappaquidick can't help leaving some of this true story's most intriguing questions unanswered, but it's bolstered by outstanding work from Jason Clarke in the central role.

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In the riveting suspense drama, CHAPPAQUIDDICK, the scandal and mysterious events surrounding the tragic drowning of a young woman, as Ted Kennedy drove his car off the infamous bridge, are revealed in the new movie starring Jason Clarke as Ted Kennedy and Kate Mara as Mary Jo Kopechne. Not only did this event take the life of an aspiring political strategist and Kennedy insider, but it ultimately changed the course of presidential history forever. Through true accounts, documented in the inquest from the investigation in 1969, director John Curran and writers Andrew Logan and Taylor Allen, intimately expose the broad reach of political power, the influence of America's most celebrated family; and the vulnerability of Ted Kennedy, the youngest son, in the shadow of his family legacy.

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Jason Clarke
as Sen. Ted Kennedy
Kate Mara
as Mary Jo Kopechne
Ed Helms
as Joe Gargan
Bruce Dern
as Joe Kennedy Sr.
Jim Gaffigan
as Paul Markham
Clancy Brown
as Robert McNamara
Olivia Thirlby
as Rachel Schiff
Andria Blackman
as Joan Kennedy
Taylor Nichols
as Ted Sorensen
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In the end Chappaquiddick will have to pass the same test as Kennedy's original version of the story-whether or not anyone will buy it.

April 19, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Clarke makes us feel plenty of things we'd rather not. His eyes are shadowed with profound decency one minute, and hollowed out in desperate calculation the next.

April 12, 2018 | Full Review…

If you're looking for something to make you feel good about chubby, cherubic Ted, the venerable lion of the Senate, this is not your movie.

April 10, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A film of integrity and disclosure, a controversial chapter in American history that substitutes clinical accuracy for Hollywood embellishment, with an impressive attention to detail and an admirable respect for suspenseful narrative.

April 10, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The sketches of Kennedy-family tensions and loyalties are thin and simplistic; the action rushes by with little insight or context.

April 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Chappaquiddick is heavy-handed history, a film that at times seems to owe as much to The X-Files as the many cinematic dives into the target-rich territory that is the Kennedy clan.

April 6, 2018 | Full Review…
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