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The American President

Rated PG-13 for some strong language.

PG-13 In Theaters 11/17/1995 , 113min.
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February 26, 2011
One of my favorite movies.....I love it!

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
Wittily scripted, engagingly sappy, completely implausible and unabashedly Capraesque, it's a rather wonderful crock. Full Review
Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
In Sorkin's vision, this is what ought to happen when a political progressive occupies the White House -- provided he has principles, guts and more on his mind than voter-approval polls and re- election prospects. Full Review
Elvis Mitchell
The New York Times
With great looks, a dandy supporting cast, a zinger-filled screenplay by Aaron Sorkin ("A Few Good Men") and Mr. Douglas twinkling merrily in the Oval Office, The American President is sunny enough to make the real Presidency pale by comparison. Full Review
James Berardinelli
It comes across as painfully politically correct, offering trite sermons on various "hot-button" issues (gun control and the greenhouse effect). The narrative follows an unwavering by-the-numbers strategy with an ending that echoes the "cornball" of Al Pacino's climactic Scent of a Woman speech. Full Review
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
Genial and entertaining if not notably inspired. But its most interesting aspect turns out to be fantasies of another kind, pipe dreams about the American political system and where it could theoretically be headed. Full Review

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