Rating = B+

I had a mixed reaction to this film. While I was watching it I was thinking that it wasn't so special, e.g., only a B. The acting was uniformly fine, but Sean Penn didn't seem to be the wonder in the role that lots of people said he was. I sort of thought his character was a pretty regular guy who was a little weird, with a certain knack for politics. On the other hand, that's not the Sean Penn at all that I've seen in other roles. Maybe he is so good he just makes it look natural. However, afterwards, I could not stop thinking about it. It's a biopic, which is not a great genre, I think; certainly not when it is done was as much apparent realism as in this film. Still, I think it should not be missed. Oh yes — the intermixing of archival footage and newly shot film is excellent.