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Chappaquiddick Reviews

May 4, 2018
The film seems to me a fair-minded stab at the truth and an irresistible look at the exercise of dynastic influence.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
April 12, 2018
Clarke makes us feel plenty of things we'd rather not. His eyes are shadowed with profound decency one minute, and hollowed out in desperate calculation the next.
April 10, 2018
If you're looking for something to make you feel good about chubby, cherubic Ted, the venerable lion of the Senate, this is not your movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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April 10, 2018
A film of integrity and disclosure, a controversial chapter in American history that substitutes clinical accuracy for Hollywood embellishment, with an impressive attention to detail and an admirable respect for suspenseful narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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 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 6, 2018
For those who are drawn to re-creations of historical controversies that pack more gravitas and outright tragedy, Chappaquiddick could prove satisfying enough, especially with the in-vogue-again Kennedy clan at the center.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 6, 2018
A lucid, nuanced and compelling telling of the accident and its turbulent aftermath.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 5, 2018
Chappaquiddick reminds us that without the Kennedy name and influence, the man who drove a car off a bridge, swam to shore and left a young woman to die, and then went into hiding and defense mode, should have gone to jail for a long time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 5, 2018
Camelot, it's not. And, as this terrific movie suggests, the American people fall for their polished BS every time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 5, 2018
In the final analysis "Chappaquiddick" is the story of a weak man. Maybe someone who had deep-seated reasons for that weakness, but still a not particularly appealing individual whose actions frustrate rather than draw us in.
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.
April 5, 2018
Serves as a timely reminder that voters on either side of the aisle are susceptible to influence, especially when it's wrapped up in male entitlement and oligarchical polish.
April 5, 2018
The workmanlike script by Andrew Logan and Taylor Allen sticks to mostly verifiable facts, although it is damning in what it shows without comment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 5, 2018
It's a film looking to challenge America's gauzy perception of the country's most famous political family, loaded with all the bleakness that task requires.
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
Clarke's terrific performance...embodies several aspects of the character, sometimes all at once.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 5, 2018
Did Sen. Ted Kennedy (an electrifying Jason Clarke) leave a female passenger to drown when his car plunged off a bridge in 1969? Instead of scandal, this questing film examines the broken moral compass of a driven politician.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 4, 2018
Whether or not events actually unfolded this way, the story the film tells is an interesting and complicated character study, with something to say about the corrosive effects of power and privilege on both the innocent and the guilty.
April 4, 2018
Rather than simply point out that the famous man did a bad thing, Clarke's Kennedy is something more elemental, a snapshot of a failure of all the things masculinity was and to some degree is still billed as.
April 4, 2018
Plays out simultaneously like a political thriller, a tale of injustice, and a rewriting of a beloved public figure - and had me immediately searching Wikipedia to devour more details.
April 4, 2018
It's up to us to decide Kennedy's guilt. But, also, to sympathize with his shame.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 4, 2018
John Curran's gripping story about a 50-year-old scandal has plenty to say about modern politics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 4, 2018
An entertainingly brutal portrait of feckless privilege and buried tragedy, hewing reasonably close to those points we know to be true and juicily provocative about what happened in rooms you and I weren't privy to.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 3, 2018
We've been so awash in hackneyed Kennedy brogues and caricatured portrayals that Clarke's performance -- stout, nuanced, understated almost to a fault -- is an unexpected relief.
April 3, 2018
Curran's film, often enthralling and upsetting, represents a welcome break in the hagiographic treatment the longtime Lion of the Senate enjoyed in the years leading up to his 2009 death.
April 2, 2018
Here is a family that entrenched itself in the American imagination by campaigning on symbolism, and Chappaquiddick hits its better strides when it turns the camera on the relationship between its stars and script doctors.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
April 2, 2018
First-time screenwriters Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan's tight script sticks mostly to the well-documented facts and aftermath, and Clarke lets his Teddy live in the tricky place between sympathy and straight villain-hood.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 31, 2018
A challenging character study, punctuated by moments of uneasy suspense and dark humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 15, 2017
The push and pull of this movie is really between the lead character and the audience. One moment we feel compassionate: he wants to do the right thing. The next moment he's gone down the cover-up rabbit hole and is an irredeemable swine.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 15, 2017
[jason] Clarke does wonders with the material, adding new dimensions and layers between what hit the screen and what lingered just out of frame.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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.
September 10, 2017
"Chappaquiddick" is exactly what you want it to be: a tense, scrupulous, absorbingly precise and authentic piece of history - a tabloid scandal attached to a smoke-filled-room travesty.