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May 26, 2017
Great movie about the forgotten hardships that Jackie Kennedy had to suffer through after the death of JFK. Portman was excellent in her portrayal of Jackie but the film is a little slow to start
½ May 24, 2017
It is a jarring yet deep examination of Jackie O. Even though it does not provide a profound understanding of her life, at least it avoided to make her either a tragic queen or a fashion icon. The balance is hard to make, but this is a rare success to give viewer something different about Mrs. Kennedy.
½ May 23, 2017
Natalie Portman was amazing. The movie was meh.
May 21, 2017
They did a great job of making me think "I can't believe this actually happened, I feel bad for her, and that's effed up."
½ May 19, 2017
Visually compelling, and the acting by Natalie Portman was some of her best, but I couldn't help feeling like the script was missing something.
½ May 19, 2017
captive the grief perfectly
½ May 17, 2017
A wonderfully distinct biopic. Fantastic performances all around
May 17, 2017
Totally original alternative look at the events of the JFK assassination from Jackie's perspective. One of Portman's best performances- right up there with The Professional. Kudos to the director and producers for limiting this film to just the JFK assassination events instead of delving into Jackie's whole life which would have greatly diluted the end product.
May 16, 2017
Really solid performance by Portman...
May 15, 2017
La pelicula de su vida (Natalie Portman). El diseño de produccion, la cuidada fotografia, vestuario y la forma de contar la hisotira vuelve a la pelicula en una muy interesante propuesta. Sin contar con el sentimentalismo y la emotividad con la que Jackie cuenta su vida.
May 14, 2017
Absolute worst music score in motion picture history. Natalie Portman really nails down the character with that weird accent.
May 14, 2017
This film aims at a really interesting examination between a complex person, power, and history. But it has a hard time finding clarity as it tries to thread between the myth of Jackie and the fragments of strong emotion swirling around the assassination of JFK. It's always on the cusp of saying something definite and surprising and never quite getting there. Natalie Portman's New York socialite accent can waver into painful caricature, but her emotional range is strong in some scenes... they're just wasted as she wanders directionless between grief, determination, platitudes about history and democracy, and melodramatic sentimentality. Only a chilling montage set to a song from "Camelot" seems to really know what it wants to say. It's a hypnotic performance, but you keep wishing something would emerge from it that you could latch onto.
May 11, 2017
Portmans execution of Jackie was brilliant. However the film was a bit too slow for my liking.
May 10, 2017
So so boring and artificial
Super Reviewer
May 7, 2017
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!)
½ May 5, 2017
Artsy, well acted, uniquely filmed, and tremendously boring. Critics may appreciate the art, but if you also like to be entertained, then avoid!
½ May 4, 2017
For such a tragic event with so many repercussions, this movie left me cold.
½ May 4, 2017
"Natalie Portman fires on all cylinders as Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy and "Jackie" I believe has shot all of the other upcoming First Lady biopics right out of the water"
Movie Review: Jackie
Date Viewed: February 4 2017
Directed By Pablo Larrain (Tony Manero, Post Mortem, The Club, No and Neruda)
Written By Noah Oppenheim
Starring: Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup, Max Casella, Beth Grant, John Hurt, Richard E. Grant, Caspar Phillipson and John Carroll Lynch.

She was one of the most extraordinary, important and influential First Ladies of our time but this intimate portrait of Jacqueline Kennedy following the days after her husband's assassination could've gotten better treatment but nevertheless, "Jackie" is a fine biopic that shows Oscar-winner Natalie Portman in glamorous form. Directed by Pablo Larrain (Tony Manero, Post Mortem, No, The Club and Neruda) and written by Noah Oppenheim (The Maze Runner), "Jackie" has the feel of a tragically strange dream but only this one centers around a famous U.S. First Lady.

Set of course in 1963 during the days after JFK's assassination, Jacqueline Kennedy (Portman) is left reeling and struggling to figure out what to do about her late husband's presidential legacy and their "Camelot" world they created together. "Jackie" also shifts back and forth between Mrs. Kennedy's tragic days as a widowed First Lady and her interview with a magazine journalist, Theodore White (Billy Crudup).

Emotional feelings swirled around Jackie's mind during her tumultuous time, she was filled with anger, guilt, responsibility confusion and loss. Feature film biopics go through difficult bike road paths but if they have a brilliant director at the helm, a screenwriter who understands the material and an impressive ensemble cast, they can be turned into great movies like "Lincoln", "Selma", "Patton" and "Gandhi". In "Jackie" however, the supporting players like John Carroll Lynch (who plays LBJ), Peter Sarsgaard (who plays Robert Kennedy), Max Casella (who plays Jack Valenti) and Richard E. Grant (who plays William Walton) don't look like their historical counterparts at all and they don't have much to do. Sarsgaard may have a significant role in the story but I think he is miscast as Robert Kennedy. Only Portman emerges strongly as Jacqueline Kennedy and she gives an enthralling performance. Her work here in "Jackie" is more impressive than her work in "Black Swan" which won her a Best Actress Oscar.

Portman also captures Jackie's sway personality and body language and the last thing I'll say is that she's never been better. The costumes by Madeline Fontaine are great to look at, the cinematography by Stephane Fontaine is lavishing and the movie has good behind-the-scenes details about Jackie's heart-wrenchingly difficult days but much of the movie is way too devoted into recreating famous historical moments like LBJ taking the oath of office and Jackie watching in horror as she witnesses her husband get shot in the head and I wish "Jackie" could've been more instead of just being a pressing documentary disguised as a feature length film.

Despite it's flaws and the miscasting in several of the supporting players, Natalie Portman fires on all cylinders as Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy and "Jackie" I believe has shot all of the other upcoming First Lady biopics right out of the water.
May 2, 2017
I have seen this movie and it's the most interesting account of what Jackie went through immediately after the tragic event of losing her husband and how unfortunately the affairs of the nation took over and kind of a little bit a lot disregarded her and put her aside to recover from the massive problem that it means to lose a sitting president. How she had to go on, and how she had to stand alone for her children and what most've been having to lose more loved ones. Nobody has imagined Jackie's real personality beyond the glamour and the First Lady public persona like this movie before.
May 2, 2017
A film that took another approach than I would have thought in forhand. There is not much build up, there is not much JFK, there is just Jackie. She is doing and interview and as she arrogantly and almost rudely answers questions, we are getting scenes of her story.

The production is something else. The script is not the best and jumps and shifts are making the viewer (especially if you don't know much about the details of the story) frustrated more than curious. With that said, it's fresh to see something different and it works out OK after all. I was curious about the way Natalie spoke. The weird accent and the mix of calmness and uncertainness in her voice. I found some old interview and found out that she - not surprizingly - absolutely nailed it. Her performance is good, the other cast also deliver. Solid music and straigh forward camerawork mostly is just enough but never more.

OK film, but the true star here is Portman. You could tell that she put alot behind this, and the fact that she dared to take the role is a archievement itself.

6 out of 10 blood stains.
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