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Chappaquiddick Reviews

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March 21, 2019
Was Teddy the Fredo of the Kennedy boys?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 7, 2019
Chappaquiddick is yet another example of the "based on a true story" film that doesn't really bother to explore its subject with any depth, content to simply reel off story beats without worrying about what they might actually mean to the whole.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 2, 2018
What happened on Chappaquiddick Island is a story that's best told as a documentary rather than a narrative feature.
April 9, 2018
Director John Curran's Chappaquiddick is a decent Cliff's Notes version of events, though it's hard not see sanitization masquerading as ambiguity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
April 10, 2018
Perhaps attractive and charismatic, but it leaves one feeling that something was missing. [Full Review in Spanish]
April 5, 2018
Chappaquiddick succeeds in showing the dark side of the political machinery behind the Kennedys, but there has to be a way to do that and give more value to Mary Jo's life than the Kennedys did.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 15, 2017
The film ultimately ends up feeling like a shaggy dog story - a metaphor for Ted Kennedy, perhaps - engaging, charismatic, but ending with a whimper.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 20, 2018
A tonal delirium that grows in the primful direction of Curran, adding pomp to what, at the base, was perhaps only farce. [Full Review in Spanish]
September 13, 2017
This account of the late senator Ted Kennedy's bad behaviour after his car went off the road and killed his passenger, Mary Joe Kopechne, spends way too much time trying to make us feel sorry for him.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 4, 2018
'Chappaquiddick' wants to "dramatize" the Chappaquiddick incident without offering a take on what really happened, and it doesn't quite work.
Full Review | Original Score: C
May 20, 2018
I wasn't fully convinced by the lead performance of Australian Jason Clarke. There are moments where his character is so dumb but others where he is so shrewd.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
April 5, 2018
A political biopic's most difficult target lies in the elusive circle above character assassination and below hagiography. "Chappaquiddick" misses that target.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 5, 2018
But small lapses, together with the confusions and glib evasions of a production that is neither fact nor fiction, raise the larger question of what the film is, and ultimately becomes.
September 11, 2017
Everything is methodical, it covers most of the bases, but passion and vitality are crucially missing from director John Curran's treatment.
April 9, 2018
The sketches of Kennedy-family tensions and loyalties are thin and simplistic; the action rushes by with little insight or context.
April 7, 2018
This pulpy, procedural, even methodical melodrama is infuriating, revealing how 'justice' is very different for the rich and powerful.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
April 8, 2018
...the movie remains wholly unable to capture one's interest for virtually the entirety of its plodding, padded-out runtime...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 15, 2017
"Chappaquiddick" is reminder that while Camelot had its fair share of tragedy, none of the Kennedys were angels - but we already knew that, right?
Full Review | Original Score: C
April 6, 2018
Chappaquiddick is heavy-handed history, a film that at times seems to owe as much to The X-Files as the many cinematic dives into the target-rich territory that is the Kennedy clan.
April 19, 2018
In the end Chappaquiddick will have to pass the same test as Kennedy's original version of the story-whether or not anyone will buy it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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