Chappaquiddick Reviews

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July 24, 2020
In the world of Chappaquiddick, everyone is as they seem. They really are -- that wasn't a typo. The righteous are righteous, the regretful are regretful.
March 21, 2019
Was Teddy the Fredo of the Kennedy boys?
February 7, 2019
Chappaquiddick is yet another example of the "based on a true story" film that doesn't really bother to explore its subject with any depth, content to simply reel off story beats without worrying about what they might actually mean to the whole.
September 20, 2018
A tonal delirium that grows in the primful direction of Curran, adding pomp to what, at the base, was perhaps only farce. [Full Review in Spanish]
May 21, 2018
I wasn't fully convinced by the lead performance of Australian Jason Clarke. There are moments where his character is so dumb but others where he is so shrewd.
April 20, 2018
... feels like a well-researched school project in which the speculation outweighs the persuasion.
April 19, 2018
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 10, 2018
Perhaps attractive and charismatic, but it leaves one feeling that something was missing. [Full Review in Spanish]
April 9, 2018
Director John Curran's Chappaquiddick is a decent Cliff's Notes version of events, though it's hard not see sanitization masquerading as ambiguity.
April 9, 2018
The sketches of Kennedy-family tensions and loyalties are thin and simplistic; the action rushes by with little insight or context.
April 9, 2018
An account that one can respect for its refusal to sensationalize, but that saps the tale of much dramatic energy.
April 8, 2018
...the movie remains wholly unable to capture one's interest for virtually the entirety of its plodding, padded-out runtime...
April 7, 2018
This pulpy, procedural, even methodical melodrama is infuriating, revealing how 'justice' is very different for the rich and powerful.
April 6, 2018
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
Chappaquiddick has the makings of a political thriller, but Curran's decision to avoid speculation, while laudable, takes the wind out of the film's sails.
April 6, 2018
Chappaquiddick ... treats this version Ted with a level of understanding that belies what the movie contends he did.
April 5, 2018
In the final analysis "Chappaquiddick" is the story of a weak man. Maybe someone who had deep-seated reasons for that weakness, but still a not particularly appealing individual whose actions frustrate rather than draw us in.
April 5, 2018
But small lapses, together with the confusions and glib evasions of a production that is neither fact nor fiction, raise the larger question of what the film is, and ultimately becomes.
April 5, 2018
A political biopic's most difficult target lies in the elusive circle above character assassination and below hagiography. "Chappaquiddick" misses that target.
April 5, 2018
Chappaquiddick succeeds in showing the dark side of the political machinery behind the Kennedys, but there has to be a way to do that and give more value to Mary Jo's life than the Kennedys did.
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