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Jackie

An account of the days of First Lady, Jacqueline Kennedy, in the immediate aftermath of John F. Kennedy's assassination in 1963.
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WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING?

Meagen Tajalle Profile picture for Meagen Tajalle

This film is a fascinating case study in making a film almost entirely about the life and presence of a person who the audience doesn't often see. The sparse visual presence of JFK in this film may have been both a writing and directing strategy, so the audience could focus on Natalie Portman's Jackie rather than on JFK and the actor's resemblance, voice, etc., all of which may have been distracting. One of the most masterful aspects of Portman's performance is the way she balances Jackie's duty to JFK's legacy while experiencing a visceral grief that is distinctive from the country's grief: while everyone lost their President, she lost her husband.

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WHAT ARE CRITICS SAYING?

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IndieWire by Ben Croll

Anchored by Natalie Portman’s achy-eyed performance, Jackie is, despite a few wrinkles at the end, about the best version of this story you can get.
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The Hollywood Reporter by David Rooney

Extraordinary in its piercing intimacy and lacerating in its sorrow, Jackie is a remarkably raw portrait of an iconic American first lady, reeling in the wake of tragedy while at the same time summoning the defiant fortitude needed to make her husband's death meaningful, and to ensure her own survival as something more than a fashionably dressed footnote.
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ScreenCrush by E. Oliver Whitney

Instead of observing its historical subject from behind a glass case, Jackie offers a piercing portrait of a woman’s psychological and emotional journey.
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Variety by Guy Lodge

Eschewing standard biopic form at every turn, this brilliantly constructed, diamond-hard character study observes the exhausted, conflicted Jackie as she attempts to disentangle her own perspective, her own legacy, and, perhaps hardest of all, her own grief from a tragedy shared by millions.
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The Playlist by Jessica Kiang

Jackie is what happens when two distinct sensibilities — the Goliath of the Hollywood prestige pic and the David of Pablo Larraín’s playful, idiosyncratic intelligence — throw down.
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CineVue by John Bleasdale

Larraín is as good at navigating the treacherous waters of internal White House politics as he is capturing the moments of intense, if numbed, private suffering.
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Screen International by Jonathan Romney

Larraín’s highly varied visual invention and command of complex structure serve as a reminder of how vitally an imaginative director can skew what otherwise might have emerged in more mainstream colours.
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Time Out by Joshua Rothkopf

Jackie pummels you with grandeur, with its epic visions of the funeral and that terrible moment in the convertible (all of it rendered in pitch-perfect detail and a subtle 16-millimeter shudder). Yet the film's lasting impact is dazzlingly intellectual: Just as JFK himself turned politics into image-making, his wife continued his work when no one else could.
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The Guardian by Nigel M Smith

It’s a singular vision from an uncompromising director that happens to be about one of the most famous women in American history. Jackie is not Oscar bait – it’s great cinema.
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The Film Stage by Rory O'Connor

This is remarkable stuff from a director on the cusp of the mainstream. You sense an American filmmaker might not have managed it.

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