Kate Plays Christine (2016)


Critic Consensus: Kate Plays Christine blurs genres -- and the line between fact and reality -- with a cleverly provocative docudrama look at newscaster Christine Chubbuck's life and death.


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A gripping, nonfiction psychological thriller, Robert Greene's KATE PLAYS CHRISTINE follows actress Kate Lyn Sheil (House of Cards, The Girlfriend Experience, LISTEN UP PHILIP) as she prepares for her next role: playing Christine Chubbuck, a Florida newscaster who committed suicide live on-air in 1974. As Kate investigates Chubbuck's story (long rumored to be the inspiration for the classic Hollywood film NETWORK), uncovering new clues and information, she becomes increasingly obsessed with her subject. Winner of a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, KATE PLAYS CHRISTINE is a cinematic mystery that forces us to question everything we see and everything we're led to believe.

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The movie has been praised as a genre-bending experiment, though it's more like a bottom-feeding exploitation movie masquerading as an art film.

Dec 8, 2016 | Full Review…

Kate Plays Christine proves to be nothing but a ghost story.

Oct 13, 2016 | Full Review…

"Kate Plays Christine" makes for a twisty, unsettling probe into our fascination with transforming lives, and deaths, into digestible storytelling.

Sep 15, 2016 | Full Review…

A documentary Vertigo, Robert Greene's re-creation of a woman who fell to her inner demons -- something of a ghost story -- feels dangerous. It pokes the bear, then slaps it.

Aug 25, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Some movies blur the lines separating fiction and nonfiction, performers and characters. Kate Plays Christine makes those lines the whole show.

Aug 24, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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Greene and Sheil unearth a number of important clues without suggesting that any of them can explain everything

Aug 24, 2016 | Full Review…

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