Critic Consensus: Jackie offers an alluring peek into a beloved American public figure's private world -- and an enthralling starring performance from Natalie Portman in the bargain.
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Critic Reviews for Jackie
[Portman is] at her best here in the moments when Jackie is quiet, when the grief, anger and doubt are in her face more than in her words.
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.
Portman is simply brilliant, getting to the essence of Jackie without resorting to a mere impersonation.
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.
Audience Reviews for Jackie
The pink Channel suit is the most interesting character in this cold, featureless depiction of the First Lady in the days after the Kennedy assassination. Skip it. (Unless you really are interested in the costumes -- they're great!)
This is Natalie Portman's movie. She is Jackie Kennedy. The narrative is entirely composed of vignettes in which she interacts with various people. In that sense, it's a chamber piece rather than a biography. Jackie is indeed an intimate portrayal, It revolves around her, every line, every scenario, every interaction fills Jackie. There are admirable qualities. The production has an eye for period detail. It looks exquisite. However, a gorgeous facade is not a raison d'être. As she weeps and drinks and smokes and snarls we get an unorthodox depiction. There's a moment where she washes off the blood from her dead husband in the shower. Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larrain certainly makes bold decisions in his treatment of this icon. I suppose one can admire his desire to innovate. It's not conventional. Yet the work is assembled like a collage, with bits and pieces coming together but never coalescing into a unified whole. What are we to make of Jackie Kennedy? Who was this woman? What made her tick? I still have no idea. fastfilmreviews.com
Filmed in 16 mm, which creates an authentic feel of watching a documentary piece, this is a magnetic and emotionally resonant film that relies on Natalie Portman's superb performance and a magnificent score that plunges us into the dread and nightmare endured by the character.
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