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Ethel is a feature length documentary about the remarkable life of Ethel Kennedy, told by those who know Ethel best: her family. Directed by her Emmy-Award winning daughter, Rory Kennedy, the film features candid interviews with Ethel and seven of her children. The film is a personal portrait of Ethel's political awakening, the life she shared with Robert F. Kennedy, and the years following his death when she raised their eleven children on her own. Intimate, funny, and deeply moving, Ethel offers a rare look inside a political dynasty strengthened by family bonds, a compassion for others,… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

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"Kennedy buffs will enjoy Ethel enormously. Others likely will think it's about half an hour too long."
‑ Matthew Gilbert, Boston Globe
"This intimate, revealing portrait of Robert F. Kennedy's widow, directed by their youngest daughter, is a unique installment in the cultural history of this storied family."
‑ Justin Lowe, Hollywood Reporter
"The film offers images for the rest of us to parse, public performances that may or may not reveal what we want to see."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
"Even with its air-brushing and reticent title subject, Ethel is a watchable, oft-affecting film."
‑ Ed Bark, Uncle Barky
"A Kennedy family album of insight-free affection and nostalgia that lobs long, lofting softballs at its subject."
‑ John Anderson, Variety
"A moving, highly enjoyable, thoroughly absorbing portrait."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"While often touching, it's a lightweight addition to HBO's schedule."
‑ Mark A. Perigard, Boston Herald
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