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Based on 21 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    It's a revamped Cinderella story with power as the aphrodisiac, and Douglas and Bening play it to the classy hilt. The courtship scenes in the film's lighter, more deft first half have the bounce of a moonstruck fable. show more

  • 75
    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. show more

  • 88
    Mike Clark USA Today

    A super cast injects it with Teddy Roosevelt vitality. [17 Nov 1995, p.D1] show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Watching The American President, I felt respect for the craft that went into it: the flawless re-creation of the physical world of the White House, the smart and accurate dialogue, the manipulation of the love story to tug our heartstrings. show more

  • 88
    Barbara Shulgasser San Francisco Examiner

    An old-fashioned movie. It is simplistic, full of stock characters and easy solutions to difficult problems, and I absolutely loved it. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Michael Douglas and Annette Bening head the well-chosen cast, but what gives the movie substance is its willingness to take real stands on real political issues. show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    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. show more

  • 50
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    These days, when presidential bouquets are named Gennifer Flowers, and when we all know what Jack Kennedy did beneath the White House covers, this sort of Capra-corn, even in the guise of light comedy, just doesn't have the same taste. More salt, please, and hold the butter. show more

  • 80

    Of course it's hokey and silly, but Reiner really knows how to skirt potential schmaltz and there is a political backbone to the piece which gives it reassuring depth. show more

  • 40
    TV Guide

    Douglas's Chief Executive is no vote-getter; he's a charmless, irritating boob who can't even order flowers for a woman. With friends like Douglas and Reiner, Clinton doesn't need Rush Limbaugh. show more

  • February 26, 2011 seego1
    Report This User

    One of my favorite movies.....I love it!

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