6.9/10
11,515
67 user 130 critic

Christine (2016)

Trailer
2:33 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Prime Video

The story of Christine Chubbuck, a 1970s TV reporter struggling with depression and professional frustrations as she tries to advance her career.

Director:

Antonio Campos

Writer:

Craig Shilowich
5 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Simon Killer (2012)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A recent college graduate flees to Paris after a break-up, where his involvement with a prostitute begins to reveal a potentially dark recent past.

Director: Antonio Campos
Stars: Brady Corbet, Mati Diop, Lila Salet
Documentary | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Actress Kate Lyn Sheil prepares to portray the role of Christine Chubbuck, a real-life news reporter who took her own life on national television in 1974.

Director: Robert Greene
Stars: Steven C. Bovio, Christine Chubbuck, Stephanie Coatney
Buy It Now (2005)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

The film follows 16 year old Chelsea Magan who has just sold her virginity on eBay to the highest bidder.

Director: Antonio Campos
Stars: Chelsea Logan, Rosemarie DeWitt, Christopher McCann
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

After Adderall is a re-imagining of the period in which Stephen Elliott's memoir The Adderall Diaries was adapted into the eponymous James Franco movie.

Director: Stephen Elliott
Stars: Stephen Elliott, Mickaela Tombrock, Bill Heck
Tumbledown (2015)
Comedy | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A young woman struggles to move on with her life after the death of her husband, an acclaimed folk singer, when a brash New York writer forces her to confront her loss and the ambiguous circumstances of his death.

Director: Sean Mewshaw
Stars: Rebecca Hall, Jason Sudeikis, Blythe Danner
Afterschool (2008)
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An Internet-addicted prep-school student captures on video camera the drug overdose of two girls.

Director: Antonio Campos
Stars: Ezra Miller, Jeremy Allen White, Emory Cohen
Christine (1983)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A nerdish boy buys a strange car with an evil mind of its own and his nature starts to change to reflect it.

Director: John Carpenter
Stars: Keith Gordon, John Stockwell, Alexandra Paul
Loving (2016)
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple whose arrest for interracial marriage in 1960s Virginia began a legal battle that would end with the Supreme Court's historic 1967 decision.

Director: Jeff Nichols
Stars: Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton, Will Dalton
The Gift VI (2015)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A young married couple's lives are thrown into a harrowing tailspin when an acquaintance from the husband's past brings mysterious gifts and a horrifying secret to light after more than 20 years.

Director: Joel Edgerton
Stars: Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, Joel Edgerton
Paddleton (2019)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An unlikely friendship between two misfit neighbors becomes an unexpectedly emotional journey when the younger man is diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Director: Alex Lehmann
Stars: Christine Woods, Mark Duplass, Ray Romano
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

When a member of a popular New York City improv troupe gets a huge break, the rest of the group - all best friends - start to realize that not everyone is going to make it after all.

Director: Mike Birbiglia
Stars: Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Mike Birbiglia
Other People I (2016)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A struggling comedy writer, fresh off a breakup and in the midst of the worst year of his life, returns to Sacramento to care for his dying mother.

Director: Chris Kelly
Stars: Jesse Plemons, Molly Shannon, Bradley Whitford
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rebecca Hall ... Christine
Michael C. Hall ... George
Tracy Letts ... Michael
Maria Dizzia ... Jean
J. Smith-Cameron ... Peg
Timothy Simons ... Steve (as Tim Simons)
Kim Shaw ... Andrea
John Cullum ... Bob Andersen
Morgan Spector ... Doctor Parsons
Jayson Warner Smith ... Mitch
Kimberley Drummond ... Gail
Lindsay Ayliffe ... Capt. Frank Basil
Susan Pourfar ... Miranda
Rachel Hendrix ... Crystal
David Foster David Foster ... Bandaged Man
Edit

Storyline

The story of Christine Chubbuck, a 1970s TV reporter struggling with depression and professional frustrations as she tries to advance her career.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

In keeping with Channel 40's policy of bringing you the latest in 'blood and guts', and in living color, you are going to see another first... Christine. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a scene of disturbing violence and for language including some sexual references | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Christine Chubbuck See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,418, 16 October 2016

Gross USA:

$298,484
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

During her years at school (an all-girls' school), Christine started a small tongue-in-cheek group called the "Dateless Wonders Knitting Club". This was spoofed on a 1980's segment of Degrassi, in which characters Kathleen, Melanie and Diana jokingly call themselves "the dateless wonders" because they're introverted and none of the boys in school pay attention to them. See more »

Goofs

The Sony television in Christine and her mom's living room is a model clearly from no earlier than the late 1970s. See more »

Quotes

Peg: Christine, you're not getting into one of your moods again, are you?
See more »

Crazy Credits

The credits don't roll, but are in still form. See more »

Connections

References Sunset Blvd. (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

Please Come To Boston
Written by David Allen Loggins (as David Loggins)
Performed by David Allen Loggins (as Dave Loggins)
Published by Universal Music Corp.
Courtesy of Colombia Nashville
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Rebecca Hall gives one of the year's best performances without a doubt
16 January 2017 | by artmania90See all my reviews

On July 15th, 1974, Christine Chubbuck committed suicide on live television. On the evening news on a local Florida television station, Chubuck calmly informed her viewers that "In keeping with Channel 40's policy of bringing you the latest in 'blood and guts', and in living color, you are going to see another first—attempted suicide." She raised a gun to her head and fired. This was a woman who battled depression and paranoia, and the thought of exploring such a sad story in a feature film feels at times misguided and yet often transcendent. While I don't necessarily understand the merit of underpinning such a dark and trivial moment in history for the purposes of a film, I can't help but admire the art.

Antonio Campos directs this smaller indie film that was released on the film festival circuit earlier this fall. To be honest I am surprised this movie hasn't generated more buzz this season, but I suppose topic matter and budgets oftentimes prohibit such things. Whether or not you have heard of Chubbuck's sad story, Campos nonetheless works to analyze the torment that was behind this woman's struggle and the boiling points of the human psyche.

Rebecca Hall is our star, and when I say that this is a remarkable bit of acting, believe me. Unrecognizable behind dark eyebrows and a center-part of long hair, I think that this is quite easily one of the year's strongest performances and one I hope is not forgotten come Oscar time. We meet Christine as a driven reporter, oftentimes staying late or editing her segments down to the last few moments before air. She exists on the cusp of the modern news era; when stories began transitioning from human interest to violence, shock. The station manager sees a decline in ratings and asks his reporters to seek out more controversial news. "If it bleeds, it leads." A few years ago the movie "Nightcrawler" worked to figure out the public's fascination with gore. Christine could easily be it's origin story.

Not only has Christine focused her news stories on things like local chickens and the building of freeways, but the owner of the company (an aloof John Cullom) visits the station in hopes of recruiting anchors for a new station in Baltimore. Faced with the possibility of becoming a legitimate reporter, Christine has no choice but to succumb. She buys a police scanner and stays up late nights, searching for breaking news. At one point she hears about a house fire and rushes to the scene with a camera in hand. She interviews the resident in tight closeup and fails to even get a shot of the flames. Even in peril, she can't make the transition.

Hall portrays Christine as a lonely woman with glimmers of hope. During the day she volunteers at a children's hospital and puts on puppet shows to the joy of kids. She seems to enjoy it, too. Her mother is much too interested in finding a new date than to remember to meet her daughter for a lunch date. Oftentimes she plays out scenes alone, meditative, working on keeping her positive facade in prime condition. Just below the surface we see a growing menace and distance that ultimately leads to the chilling finale.

If you are to see Christine, see it for Rebecca Hall. What a wonderful morning it would be to hear her name called out as an Oscar nominee. She's that good. The film overall sways in and out of interest, trekking through a story that seems constructed only to justify an end when a woman kills herself on live TV. What do we learn from the story? Where is the deeper understanding of depression and mental illness? Rebecca Hall keeps our interest with absolute hypnotism but in doing so allows us to sidestep the fact that this is a flawed movie at it's core.


4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 67 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed