Recount (2008)



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Kevin Spacey and Bob Balaban headline Austin Powers director Jay Roach's all-star docudrama examining the events surrounding the most controversial presidential election in United States history. The highest office in the country is up for grabs, and the fate of the free world may hang in the balance. When the initial tallies from Florida voting polls prove inconclusive, the decision is made to hold a recount. But it's a controversial decision to say the least, and one that caused many skeptical … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Television, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Danny Strong
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On DVD: Aug 19, 2008


as Ron Klain

as Ben Ginsberg

as David Boies

as Katherine Harris

as Warren Christopher

as Michael Whouley

as Mac Stipanovich

as James Baker

as Mitchell Berger

as Theresa LaPore

as Clay Roberts

as Jeremy Bash

as Monica Klain

as Carol Roberts

as Bill Daley

as Robert Zoellick

as David Morehouse

as Mark Herron

as Ben Kuehne

as Joe Allbaugh

as George Terwilliger

as Margaret Tutwiler

as Mark Wallace

as Judge Charles Burton

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as Justice Antonin Scal...

as Justice William Rehn...
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Critic Reviews for Recount

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (12)

Recount, an efficient and relentless enactment of the strategists on both sides of the Florida controversy, shows an accident that was waiting to happen.

Full Review… | May 27, 2008
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

The movie doesn't embrace its potential for farce, for suspense, or for outrage. Ultimately, the filmmakers could have punched a little harder.

Full Review… | May 27, 2008
Boston Globe
Top Critic

A splendid cast mostly just sits around watching the bad news on television, dutiful to the letter of Danny Strong's conscientious script yet insufficiently roused to righteous spirit even as, before their eyes, our republic gets banana'd.

Full Review… | May 27, 2008
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

An astute and deliciously engrossing film.

Full Review… | May 27, 2008
New York Times
Top Critic

Roach gets a lot of suspenseful mileage out of these ping-ponging reversals of fortune.

Full Review… | May 27, 2008
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Butterfly ballots and hanging chads become the stuff of great political intrigue.

May 27, 2008
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Recount


I was a bit reluctant for watching a movie that seemed to be based on election procedures, but having seen it, I don't regret taking the chances. Kevin Spacey is the main reason I decided to take the risk of being bored, but his performance isn't the major highlight of the film. The incredibly apt execution of such material is what made me see it through till the end. While not outstanding (in fact, a bit tedious at times), it's okay for a single viewing. Although not interested in political campaigns (or even politics in a broader sense for that matter), I found it quite watchable. Despite of the political ignorance, whether or not the film is biased is quite apparent. Its weak efforts to be impartial come off as an act of pretense. Of course, just my expert opinion!!!

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer


The film is a good overview of the events that transpired in Florida between the 2000 election and the Supreme Court's decision in Bush v. Gore, but it lacked the depth I desired. It seems to me that dramatization is not the right way to approach covering the events--a documentary gets rid of the glitz and goes right down to the facts. The film also clearly took some dramatic licence to exaggerate some of the events, which compromised the objectivity of the film. Nevertheless, Spacey, Leary, Wilkinson, and Dern all turned in good performances, and the film was very enjoyable. It just wasn't the thorough learning experience I want and expect from historical dramatizations like this one.

Jay Hutchinson

Super Reviewer

"Recount" is one of the best films I have ever seen about Democracy in America. It's a fast paced and utterly engrossing portrayal of the 2000 Presidential election recounts in Florida. In retrospect the events depicted are a huge storm on the horizon of things to come and really eerie to watch. The acting is great from the large ensemble and the background info into the voting process and the law that goes along with it is fascinating. Factually accurate with a pinch of satire and a whole lot of social and historical commentary (past and present), "Recount" is a triumph. It should stand as one of the defining films about the Bush Administration and that time period.

Steven Carrier

Super Reviewer

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