The Reel Review

B-

This Jacqueline Kennedy biopic, focusing on the days immediately following the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, is short on story and long on iconic imagery well-spliced with archival footage from that historic nightmare. Natalie Portman exquisitely channels the then First Lady’s enigmatic look, voice, and mannerisms, far exceeding the film’s unevenly-paced plot (how many times must we see Jackie skulk the halls of The White House and fret over her husband’s funeral plans?) and a wildly-inappropriate, jarring score better suited for a B-grade horror film. Still, Portman’s sorrowful, solemn performance and its riveting first person perspective of the assassination and its aftermath is a must see.

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