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Based on 43 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 80 )
  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    A big, bruisingly funny moral fable etched in acid and Obama disillusion. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    There is no point in discounting smart, engrossing entertainment like The Ides of March, though it's hard not to notice when a film that could have been great falls short. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Political scandals are standard movie fare, and this one, which hinges on sex and power, doesn't offer a new take. But that's the point: The all-too-familiar blend of hubris and lust for power makes the machinations no less poisonous and perhaps more regrettable for their sad predictability. show more

  • 50
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    That's one of the puzzles of this piece. You'd think a film with talent to burn - would provide some electrifying encounters at the very least. No such luck. Words fly, some of them medium-witty, but lightning doesn't strike. show more

  • 100
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    This taut cautionary tale explores the dark side of American politics. And leaves the viewer to wonder - if anyone's still wondering - is there a bright side? show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    He's (Clooney) got the makings of a great movie here: one that represents our politically surreal times with keen insight and appropriate cynicism. It's only when he veers off the path, suddenly worried he'll lose our attention, that he falters. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Classy and professional throughout, the technical work gracefully holds all the threads together. show more

  • 80
    Stephanie Zacharek Movieline

    The Ides of March doesn't cut as deeply or as sharply as Clooney might like, but at least he found the right actor to navigate its dark emotional twists and turns. show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    This is a deeply cynical movie and, in that cynicism, it finds truth. show more

  • 88
    Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel

    It isn't a great film. But it is a smart and high-minded one, wonderfully cast, with understated direction. Clooney is good enough in the lead to stir talk of a political future. show more

  • February 01, 2012 tellot
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    Loved it, although not a big Clooney fan. Story line, acting, musical background were great. I thought it was one of the best pictures of the year.

  • January 24, 2012 jackd1207
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    Leave it to Hollywood to slip jabs at how bad Republicans while making a movie about Democrats acting badly. Otherwise, a pretty good movie. I don\'t get the \"Best Actor\" talk about Clooney. He was a supporting character at best. Gosling was the star and did a very recdible acting job. Worth renting, but, don\'t buy it.

  • January 21, 2012 joshua981
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    I thought the movie was so true to life and could fit almost any candidate anymore but I don\'t see why George Clooney was the award for this. The real star of this movie was Ryan Glosing for sure. Clooney really wan\'t even in it all that muich.

  • November 18, 2011 avonladyt4
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    Loved it!

  • November 14, 2011 jdls11
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    The film truly has a liberal slant to it but the film is interesting and compelling in more ways than one. The performances are excellent and one comes away thinking this must be at least one the big reasons we elect so many flawed individuals to the highest office in the land.

  • November 13, 2011 abiele7000
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    The movie starts off slowly, then tapers off toward during the middle, and goes south in the end. The actors show a variety of emotions from A to B. It wast Clooney\'s best performance since - Staring at Goats. It was all about Clooney\'s political beliefs (as if we did not already know every one of them). The scenery was nice, too bad the actors kept getting in the way. I highly recommend this movie for insomniac\'s.

  • November 12, 2011 Bob
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    A Ho-Hum cliche' about politicans with no integrity - there's a shocker (without an ending! Wait for the DVD, at most.

  • November 05, 2011 vlewkow
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    I\'ve seen a lot of movies in my time and have read my share of critics\' reviews. Much of the time I agree with those who watch and report on movies for a living. This time I don\'t. Ides of March is not the near miss they say it is, but a film that hits the mark about the world of American political campaigns. Is it cynical? You bet. Accurate? I\'m guessing somewhere, sometime a similar situation has happened. Engrossing? Absolutely.As for the acting, of particular note is the performance of Ryan Gossling, who portrays a campaign press secretary. Somehow he manages to be both ambitious and unpretentious at the same time. I give it 4-stars.

  • November 04, 2011 dal9573
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    This is a great movie. The acting is incredicle, the story is believable and the plot (and sub-plots) keep you on the edge of your seat! Don\'t miss it.

  • November 02, 2011 bc00000000105012
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    movie was great...kept me wanting to know more of the story..


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