Killing Kennedy Reviews

February 27, 2014
Might just be a little too sober. At times, it's almost as unbelievable as the throw-everything-against-the-wall story that Oliver Stone tells in JFK.
November 14, 2013
While there's little surprise in how it unfurls, it will still reign as the best, most attractive re-enactment of the event on tis 50th anniversary - and there will still be a lot of them.
November 14, 2013
Certainly a film shown during the anniversary of that sad time should make you feel something. This one doesn't.
November 13, 2013
NatGeo really should have made Killing Kennedy a feature-length theatrical release, as the 95-minute run time makes the story feel too compressed.
November 13, 2013
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
By now, the beats of the Kennedy story are familiar to even the most casual student of history.
November 13, 2013
The pace and the performances carry the film.
November 12, 2013
Killing Kennedy deserves some credit for attempting to retell the JFK assassination in a slightly different way but it doesn't go far enough in getting at the underpinnings of Oswald's character and motivation.
November 12, 2013
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
Rothhaar captures the wild-eyed intensity of a man on the edge, then the focus of a man with a horrific plan to execute. Despite ourselves, we root for a different outcome, which may be the most interesting accomplishment of all.
November 12, 2013
The dialogue is painfully clumsy, and the pacing is pure Wikipedia.
November 12, 2013
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
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
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.
Top Critic
November 12, 2013
The even larger issue is familiarity. We already know too much and paradoxically too little about the JFK assassination. A TV movie needed to tell us something we don't know. No dice here.
November 12, 2013
The overall approach amounts to hair-styling and costume design in search of an actual movie.
November 12, 2013
The least-well-known of the movie's four principal actors, he's [Will Rothhaar] the least weighed down by his own familiarity, and he gives an empathetic but intense portrayal of the increasingly obsessive Oswald.
November 12, 2013
Killing Kennedy offers a fresh, if not biased take on the lives of two men that unexpectedly intersects and changes the nation forever. Will Rothhaar and Michelle Trachtenberg give the performance of their careers.