Recount, an efficient and relentless enactment of the strategists on both sides of the Florida controversy, shows an accident that was waiting to happen.
| Original Score: 3/4
The movie doesn't embrace its potential for farce, for suspense, or for outrage. Ultimately, the filmmakers could have punched a little harder.
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.
An astute and deliciously engrossing film.
| Original Score: 4/5
Roach gets a lot of suspenseful mileage out of these ping-ponging reversals of fortune.
Butterfly ballots and hanging chads become the stuff of great political intrigue.
An electrifying slapstick tragedy about a mad moment in American politics, a moment that must never happen again but easily could.
Smart, star-studded and anchored by another fine-tuned performance from Kevin Spacey.
It's impossible to overstate the excellent casting here.
In the end, spin wins out over substance, just as it does in every modern American fairy tale.
I think it's one of the best movies of the year.