Not the best told story but it covered many of the more pertinent events of this woman's life. The movie skimmed a bit, from what I can tell. The beginning, showing her rise in the ranks of TV news journalism, showed what was most important but merely mentioned other factors in what made this woman what she became. A very bright and brilliant woman she was. The movie did fairly well in getting that to viewers. Also, a very broken and mentally imbalanced woman she was. That was obvious but could have been portrayed better. What was wrong with her? We never really got to know. Along the way events and people popped up but why? At times I thought Sela Ward was wrong for the role - not young enough and it showed. Despite that she turned in a fabulous performance. Problem is the rest of the cast wasn't as strong and the writing wasn't all that perfect, either. Quite possibly another movie with the 96 Minute Syndrome - too much of a story for only 96 minutes. Nothing great was accomplished here. It was a sad story of a brilliant woman who had a very sad life, a woman who maybe could have gotten it together and made something genuinely good of her life. It ended too soon for her, though, and we have this to know her by. That's sad, too, 'cause this wasn't as brilliant as Jessica Savitch was. My grade: B-
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