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  • 40
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    Aims to be a cutting-edge portrait of cutthroat political machinations. But it's a mostly toothless affair that, like so many of our current political figures, proves alienating. show more

  • 45
    Jeannette Catsoulis NPR

    Playing like a mashup of tropes from far superior small- and large-screen entertainments (Scandal, House of Lies, Ides of March), this clunky feature from Bill Guttentag is satire at its most soft-bellied and toadying. show more

  • 88
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    As a bare-knuckle assault on the corruption that has come to define the creeping rot of American politics, Knife Fight is neither as satirical as Barry Levinson's "Wag the Dog" nor as incisive and wrenching as George Clooney's "The Ides of March," but it's a noble, shocking and inspired film worthy of attention. show more

  • 38
    Sara Stewart New York Post

    You'd hope a political-insider indie reuniting "West Wing" stars Rob Lowe and Richard Schiff, and informed by the experiences of an actual former spin doctor, would be a small delight. You would be wrong. show more

  • 25
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Means and ends meet briefly, shrug and disappear under a torrent of self-flattering clichés. show more

  • 25
    Slant Magazine

    Bill Guttentag exaggerates the absurd lengths advisors go to win an election and yet ultimately aggrandizes their behavior. show more

  • 20
    David Fear Time Out New York

    Thanks to his pitch-perfect portrayal of Parks and Recreation's Type A–personality-run-amuck boss, we're willing to forgive Rob Lowe for virtually anything. This pitiful excuse for a political satire, however, seriously tests that theory. show more

  • 50
    Marc Mohan Portland Oregonian

    It's a forgettable series of bullet points barely strung together by charismatic performances. show more

  • 33
    Gabe Toro The Playlist

    For those of you who felt "Ides Of March" was entirely too cerebral and challenging, here comes the dunderheaded Knife Fight. A political satire that treads no new ground, this name-heavy comedy wastes an engaging central performance by Rob Lowe. show more

  • 40
    Village Voice

    Throughout, Knife Fight feels like TV, like a half-season of some promising cable show stuffed into a 98-minute film that never really builds or surprises. show more

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