Chappaquiddick Reviews

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May 5, 2018
The film seems to me a fair-minded stab at the truth and an irresistible look at the exercise of dynastic influence.
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 12, 2018
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 10, 2018
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.
Top Critic
April 10, 2018
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 9, 2018
The sketches of Kennedy-family tensions and loyalties are thin and simplistic; the action rushes by with little insight or context.
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
For those who are drawn to re-creations of historical controversies that pack more gravitas and outright tragedy, Chappaquiddick could prove satisfying enough, especially with the in-vogue-again Kennedy clan at the center.
April 6, 2018
A lucid, nuanced and compelling telling of the accident and its turbulent aftermath.
April 5, 2018
Chappaquiddick reminds us that without the Kennedy name and influence, the man who drove a car off a bridge, swam to shore and left a young woman to die, and then went into hiding and defense mode, should have gone to jail for a long time.
April 5, 2018
Camelot, it's not. And, as this terrific movie suggests, the American people fall for their polished BS every time.
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
Serves as a timely reminder that voters on either side of the aisle are susceptible to influence, especially when it's wrapped up in male entitlement and oligarchical polish.
April 5, 2018
The workmanlike script by Andrew Logan and Taylor Allen sticks to mostly verifiable facts, although it is damning in what it shows without comment.
April 5, 2018
It's a film looking to challenge America's gauzy perception of the country's most famous political family, loaded with all the bleakness that task requires.
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
Clarke's terrific performance...embodies several aspects of the character, sometimes all at once.
April 5, 2018
Did Sen. Ted Kennedy (an electrifying Jason Clarke) leave a female passenger to drown when his car plunged off a bridge in 1969? Instead of scandal, this questing film examines the broken moral compass of a driven politician.
April 4, 2018
Whether or not events actually unfolded this way, the story the film tells is an interesting and complicated character study, with something to say about the corrosive effects of power and privilege on both the innocent and the guilty.
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