Barely a week after the assassination of her husband, Jackie Kennedy (Natalie Portman) grants an authoritative interview to a smug reporter (Billy Crudup) at the Hyannis Port family home focused mainly on the aftermath of the tragedy. Pablo Larrain's Jackie is stylish but vapid, a film where it appears that most of its budget was designated for design with very little thought going into its half-cooked screenplay which decides in its last twenty minutes that it wishes to be profound. Portman is strong but dances between that line of performance and impersonation. Many of the other casting choices are questionable, especially the adept Peter Saarsgaard who brings very little to table as Bobby Kennedy.
** out of ****