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Based on 22 Reviews
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  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Levinson's sure touch keeps audiences smiling and manages to maintain an aura of good nature in a film that, at heart, offers a caustic, almost bitter vision of American institutions and contemporary politics. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The movie is a satire that contains just enough realistic ballast to be teasingly plausible; like "Dr. Strangelove," it makes you laugh, and then it makes you wonder. show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    This is one of Levinson's best films, and the screenplay, co-penned by noted writer David Mamet (along with Hilary Henkin), is brilliantly on-target. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Barry Levinson's dark comedy is sly, funny, and unnerving. show more

  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Examiner

    It's a testament to what happens when all the right ingredients come together. Wag the Dog is the best political satire in years. show more

  • 75
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    WAG the Dog is a cozy political satire, the warm-and-fuzzy kind that is always entertaining yet never disturbing. show more

  • 60

    Written in part by David Mamet, Wag The Dog is a lovely idea, with credibility buoyed by its incredible timeliness. But, content with its initial premise, the movie lacks the necessary bite to develop the satire further, to the point where it's difficult to spot whether Washington or Hollywood is the target. show more

  • 50
    TV Guide

    But anyone who would be inherently interested in this kind of sendup is unlikely to be surprised by anything in this film -- overall it feels like a trifle, if an entertaining one. show more

  • 50
    Film Threat

    Hoffman's electric performance carries the film beyond its banal pretext and Dennis Leary and Woody Harrelson are a scream in cameos. show more

  • 89
    Marjorie Baumgarten Austin Chronicle

    Sharp scripting, note-perfect performances, and nimble direction and technical execution combine to make Wag the Dog one of the wittiest and most mordant political satires to come along in quite some time. show more

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