Recount Reviews

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Top Critic
May 27, 2008
It grovels for the approval of political junkies while flaunting the shallowest interest in politics, and everything flows from there in the most silly fashion.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
May 27, 2008
Though depressing as a reminder of how George W. Bush's presidency was won by the concerted efforts of numerous Republican interests more or less working independently of each other, it's also a screechy example of liberal Hollywood condescension.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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John Leonard
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 27, 2008
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.
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Matthew Gilbert
Boston Globe
May 27, 2008
The movie doesn't embrace its potential for farce, for suspense, or for outrage. Ultimately, the filmmakers could have punched a little harder.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 27, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly
February 1, 2009
A second HBO movie has made its mark of excellence on TV. Recount probably would die at the box office in movie theaters, but it prevails on television. It's a hard sell.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 27, 2008
I think it's one of the best movies of the year.
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
June 5, 2008
A fleet-footed, conversational study of potentially very dry material well-covered by the media of the day.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
July 10, 2008
Esquemático a ponto de mergulhar a narrative em um tom burocrático, merece créditos pela atuação de Spacey, Dern e Begley Jr., representando também uma bem-vinda (ainda que não totalmente bem-sucedida) mudança de rumo na carreira de Roach.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Alessandra Stanley
New York Times
May 27, 2008
An astute and deliciously engrossing film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Brian Lowry
Variety
May 27, 2008
Smart, star-studded and anchored by another fine-tuned performance from Kevin Spacey.
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Robert Abele
L.A. Weekly
May 27, 2008
Roach gets a lot of suspenseful mileage out of these ping-ponging reversals of fortune.
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Barry Garron
Hollywood Reporter
May 27, 2008
Butterfly ballots and hanging chads become the stuff of great political intrigue.
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Heather Havrilesky
Salon.com
May 27, 2008
In the end, spin wins out over substance, just as it does in every modern American fairy tale.
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Tim Goodman
San Francisco Chronicle
May 27, 2008
It's impossible to overstate the excellent casting here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Shales
Washington Post
May 27, 2008
An electrifying slapstick tragedy about a mad moment in American politics, a moment that must never happen again but easily could.
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
May 27, 2008
The movie offers easy targets and conclusions.
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
April 16, 2011
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
June 4, 2008
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