Metascore
50

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 24
  2. Negative: 5 out of 24

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Paige Wiser
    Apr 1, 2011
    50
    The Kennedys is eight hours long, trying to strike an uncomfortable balance between high-minded and trashy. It does not succeed.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Mar 30, 2011
    42
    I can see why multiple networks passed on The Kennedys: not just because it's a political hot potato, but because it's a cobbled-together, mean-spirited piece of work that can't help alienating viewers, whether you venerate the Kennedys or dislike them.
  3. Reviewed by: Jonathan Storm
    Apr 4, 2011
    40
    Except for Tom Wilkinson, who's extraordinary as Joe, most of the actors, especially poor Katie Holmes, even if she at least looks like Jackie Kennedy, seem like furniture, too.
  4. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    Apr 1, 2011
    40
    Instead, The Kennedys is blandly admiring when paying due respect, mildly cheesy when hauling out the trash, and understaged at every turn, the better for viewers to project their own fantasies onto it.
  5. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Apr 1, 2011
    60
    The Kennedys has the look and feel of a 1980s miniseries, and it's not trying to be anything more exalted. Unlike "The Borgias" and "Camelot," its reach does not exceed its grasp.
  6. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Apr 1, 2011
    50
    Owing more to its overambitious breadth of material than any overt political agenda, The Kennedys necessarily compresses, stretches, distorts and otherwise crams itself into a soap opera that is occasionally elegant and even moving near the end.
  7. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Apr 1, 2011
    40
    It's ploddingly earnest when it isn't crudely scurrilous....There is some fine acting.
  8. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Mar 31, 2011
    50
    The Kennedys has nothing much new to tell, and tells it over and over again.
  9. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Mar 31, 2011
    50
    In attempting to be both sprawling and intimate, The Kennedys winds up in a narrative no-man's land.
  10. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Mar 31, 2011
    50
    It's well made and also at times unnecessarily cheesy.
  11. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Mar 31, 2011
    60
    Definitive history The Kennedys is not. But most of the flaws explored here mostly make the characters seem human. The series credits wins as well as losses and sends most of its characters home on a positive note.
  12. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Mar 30, 2011
    40
    Ultimately, though, The Kennedys is a high-speed chase through 30 turbulent years, punctuated by impersonations, some better than others.
  13. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Mar 30, 2011
    42
    With material this thin, the actors can only do a competent job of mimicry. Mimicry is about all you'll get.
  14. Reviewed by: Nancy Franklin
    Mar 29, 2011
    40
    We come away with a new understanding of the extent of the Kennedys' dysfunction but without a sense of what made them special or of how they harnessed their talents. But what you see in Wilkinson's eyes--they're black holes, devouring everyone in sight--almost makes up for what's missing from the writing.
User Score
6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. Jun 13, 2012
    5
    An extremely well acted mini-series from the whole cast, and technically brilliant. Yet, the whole thing isn't anything we haven't seen beforeAn extremely well acted mini-series from the whole cast, and technically brilliant. Yet, the whole thing isn't anything we haven't seen before about the controversial family. Full Review »
  2. Oct 6, 2017
    0
    Katie Homes cannot act. Greg Kinnear is more interested in playing Kennedy rather than telling his story. It isn't like we don't knowKatie Homes cannot act. Greg Kinnear is more interested in playing Kennedy rather than telling his story. It isn't like we don't know everything there is to know from history, books, gossip, documentaries and past TV movies that we really needed another one. I think Katie likes wearing the pink suit. Full Review »
  3. Jan 26, 2013
    9
    Muy real, muy sincera, muy bien interpretada, con saltos adelante y atrás en el tiempo. Interesante para los que nacimos despuésMuy real, muy sincera, muy bien interpretada, con saltos adelante y atrás en el tiempo. Interesante para los que nacimos después de esta historia y no la conocemos bién.
    Magistral el papel de Katie Holmes y Greg Kinnear.
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