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LBJ centers on the political upheaval that Vice President Johnson faced when he was thrust into the presidency at the hands of an assassin's bullet in November 1963. With political battles on both sides of the aisle, Johnson struggles to heal a nation and secure his presidency by passing Kennedy's historic Civil Rights Act.
Drama - This is not a standard birth-to-death biopic of former President
Lyndon Johnson, but one that covers the period from before he won
the Vice Presidency through to when he took over the Presidency
after John F. Kennedy's assassination. This is a big showcase
star Woody Harrelson as the title character, with other familiar
actors such as Jennifer Jason Leigh and Bill Pullman having very
small roles. Fairly frequent language, adult subject matter, and
a scene of disturbing
violence make the the film not for kids.
Woody Harrelson THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING MISSOURI Jennifer Jason Leigh GOOD TIME, ANOMALISA, THE HATEFUL EIGHT, GREENBERG Bill Pullman INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE, NOBEL SON Director: Rob Reiner AND SO IT GOES, FLIPPED, THE BUCKET LIST
PROFANITY: 11 F-words; 3 S-words; 4 GD's; a number of others. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: A shooting with some moderately seen blood. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco. ACTION: None. COMEDY: Some comic lines.
Roger EbertFull Review Good Fortified by vivid, compelling performances from Woody Harrelson and Jennifer Jason Leigh as Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson, Rob Reiner's "LBJ” captures a tumultuous political era and one of its most profanely colorful leaders with a good deal of insight and emotional torque.
NY PostFull Review Good ...as a primer on one of history's less flashy leaders, it's a worthwhile watch — mostly for fellow Texan Woody Harrelson's committed performance behind those prosthetic ears. Jennifer Jason Leigh brings a quiet dignity as Johnson's wife, Lady Bird...
Slant MagazineFull Review Average The topical and transitory nature of the film means that viewers will have to look elsewhere to understand the full scope of L.B.J.'s life and legacy. Rob Reiner's film fails to do justice to both the man and the fraught times he so fundamentally influenced.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 11 moviegoers:
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: The lone female loved "LBJ."
ADULTS: Two males loved it and one rated it "average." Great reviews from the ladies. Five loved it, one enjoyed it very much and just one rated it as low as "average," (enjoyable but nothing special or memorable).