The American President (1995)



Critic Consensus: A charming romantic comedy with political bite, Rob Reiner's American President features strong lead performances and some poignant observations of politics and media in the 1990s.

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How does the widowed leader of the free world balance his many obligations to his country with the ordinary demands and everyday rites of courtship? When President Andrew Shepherd, quite unexpectedly, falls in love with Sydney Wade, an environmental lobbyist, he must overcome obstacles not faced by average citizens; he must worry that the public's right to know will collide with the desire for personal privacy. He must contend with approval ratings, an inquiring press and an aggressive political … More

Rating: PG-13 (for some strong language.)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Aaron Sorkin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 31, 1999
Columbia Pictures


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as Sydney Ellen Wade

as A.J. MacInerney

as Lewis Rothschild

as Leon Kodak

as Janie Basdin

as Sen. Robert Rumson

as Robin McCall

as Lucy Shepherd

as Mrs. Chapil

as Beth Wade

as Susan Sloan

as Agent Cooper

as Esther MacInerney

as President D'Astier

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as Defense Secretary

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Critic Reviews for The American President

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (18)

Part romantic comedy, part Capra-corny political drama, this movie exudes so much sympathy, it sweats.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

With great looks, a dandy supporting cast, a zinger-filled screenplay by Aaron Sorkin and Mr. Douglas twinkling merrily in the Oval Office, The American President is sunny enough to make the real Presidency pale by comparison.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Genial middlebrow fare that coasts a long way on the charm of its two stars.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Top Critic

Genial and entertaining if not notably inspired.

Full Review… | February 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

The American President will make you laugh and make you smile. But it probably won't make you change your vote.

January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The American President

This is a very good romantic dramedy. Douglas and Bening put on fine performances and display great chemistry. It is Sorkin's screenplay, however, that makes the movie great. Sorkin does a great job every time he picks up a pen, and this is no exception.

Sanjay Rema
Sanjay Rema

Super Reviewer

From the moment that Douglas & Bening meet in the oval office you know that this is going to be a movie that you'll want to watch over & over again to watch the romance, Sheen & Douglas at their best & Michael J. Fox as Douglas's annoying partner that you love. I'm so happy that I finally got to watch this movie!!! :) I love it! :) A must see! :) One of the greatest films of all-time! :) :) :) :)

Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer


Netflix said I'd give it 5 stars...They almost got it right.

Flutie Archibald

Super Reviewer

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