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Killing Kennedy (2013)

Killing Kennedy (2013)

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Based on the best-selling book by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard, Killing Kennedy begins in 1959, at major turning points for both the future president and his assassin. John F. Kennedy (played by Emmy-award winner Rob Lowe) is in Washington, D.C., preparing to announce his presidential candidacy, while Lee Harvey Oswald finds himself in the U.S. embassy in Moscow, renouncing his U.S. citizenship. These two events start both men-one a member of one of the United States' most wealthy and powerful families, the other a disillusioned former Marine and Marxist-on a cataclysmic track that would alter the course of history. Throughout the film, we see their highs and lows, culminating in not one but two shocking deaths that stunned the nation. (c) National Geographic

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Cast

Rob Lowe
as John F. Kennedy
Ginnifer Goodwin
as Jacqueline Kennedy
Will Rothhaar
as Lee Harvey Oswald
Michelle Trachtenberg
as Marina Oswald

Critic Reviews for Killing Kennedy

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (9)

Ginnifer Goodwin as Jackie and Michelle Trachtenberg as Oswald's wife acquit themselves well in this solidly watchable, quickly forgettable dramatic snapshot of indelible history.

November 13, 2013 | Rating: B | Full Review…

You won't come away from it with any new answers, but it's a useful reminder of why the drama of that day has transfixed Americans for half a century.

November 12, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The dialogue is painfully clumsy, and the pacing is pure Wikipedia.

November 12, 2013 | Full Review…

Killing Kennedy is subversive in a great way. The more the pathology of Oswald is developed...the more it resembles what propels many conspiracy theorists.

November 12, 2013 | Full Review…

Killing Kennedy easily could have been twice its length, the better to add both nuance and context. Instead it's a watchable film with many missing parts, a broadly drawn Classics Illustrated version of what happened and why.

November 12, 2013 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

There's nothing terribly wrong with Killing Kennedy. We just don't need the splashes of Hollywood in a story we already know way too well.

November 12, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Killing Kennedy

Killing Kennedy is not a great drama, but for what it is, it's a pretty good one. The cast is quite impressive, and to be honest, I kind of dislike Rob Lowe. And never been a fan of his work, but here, he really impressed me. I thought he was very good as JFK and for what it is; it's a performance that can prove that the man can act. The film is a bit short, but that's alright because sometimes adding too much material presented on-screen can make the viewer lose interest. However that is not the case with Killing Kennedy. Keeping it short and sweet, this is a film that dives quickly into a thoroughly enthralling story and with some wonderful performances, more than makes up for the film's flaws. This film is quite good and it definitely deserves to be seen, even by skeptics of Lowe or Bill O'Reilly, (who is notorious for his views on his show and who wrote the book that inspired this film) will probably enjoy the film. This is a highly entertaining picture that manages to work quite well considering its limitations, and for what it is, it's a fine little film that can get viewers interested in the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy. I think that the film can get people interested in the subject here, and the film manages to be a film that should not be passed up. This is a terrific film that deserves to be seen. Sure, it's not perfect, but it's quite good at handling its subject matter.

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