Woody Harrelson

Despite Woody Harrelson's persuasive performance, Rob Reiner's 'LBJ' lacks a distinctive voice

Despite Woody Harrelson's persuasive performance, Rob Reiner's 'LBJ' lacks a distinctive voice

More an engaging character sketch than an incisive portrait of the man who would become the 36th president of the United States, Rob Reiner’s “LBJ” makes for an attentively presented but oddly unrewarding viewing experience despite a persuasive Woody Harrelson lead performance as Lyndon Baines Johnson.

Beginning with the colorfully outspoken senate majority leader losing the 1960 Democratic presidential nomination to “show horse” JFK (played, not as convincingly, by Jeffrey Donovan), the story continually — and distractingly — pivots back to the ill-fated Dallas motorcade in tracing Johnson’s unconventional route to the White House.

Along the way his self-doubts are assuaged...

EDITION: California | U.S. & World
58°