David Edelstein's Enduring Fixation On Keira Knightley's Jaw, Documented

• “But it’s hard to hate her too much when she wriggles into a fetching halter, paints herself green, and picks up a bow and arrow, determinedly setting that long fish jaw.”—Review of King Arthur, July 7, 2004

• “… Domino is perpetual motion in a vacuum. It’s not the fault of This Year’s White Girl, young Keira Knightley, who sticks out her long jaw…”—Review of Domino, Oct. 13, 2005

• “…working that long jaw like an impudent guppy…”—Review of Pride & Prejudice, Nov. 11, 2005

• “Keira Knightley’s magic inflatable jaw!”—Review of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, July 6, 2006

• “Knightley, a heroine with gumption whose thrusting jaw takes her out of the insipid-ingenue class. She’s like some kind of fish herself…”—ibid.

• “… played by Keira Knightley with her long neck and strong jaw…”—Review of The Duchess, Sept. 14, 2008

• “Sabina is played by Keira Knightley in a style that would seem over-the-top from across the Roman Coliseum, let alone in close-up spitting out her Slavic consonants and overworking her long jaw.”—Review of A Dangerous Method, Dec. 2, 2011

• “She’s played by Keira Knightley in a style that would seem big from the third balcony, spitting out her consonants and working her long jaw so hard it hurts to look at her.”—Another review of A Dangerous Method, Dec. 2, 2011

• “… she has a terminal case of lockjaw…”—Review of Seeking Friend for the End of the World, June 21, 2012

• “… she squints her eyes and works her big jaw, her fanged upper teeth threatening to swallow the camera.” —Review of Anna Karenina, Nov. 11, 2012



Peter Martinowski lives in New York.