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The Lifetime movie, which premieres on Saturday at 8, has nothing to offer. It’s storytelling at its most shallow and unsatisfying. Written by John Rice and Joe Batteer and directed by Mary Harron, “Anna Nicole” barely conveys the basic facts of Smith’s life, nevermind any bigger ideas about her private terrors and our cultural demons. Bruckner is fine as Smith, and her prosthetic breastplate is quite impressive; but the script gives her nothing of substance or with resonance.
The narrative leaps through a few milestones in Smith’s life, without making any basic connections between them and skipping over a number of significant ones including her movie appearances.