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The American President (1995)



Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 51
Fresh: 46 | Rotten: 5

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.


Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 2

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


Drama, Romance, Comedy

Aaron Sorkin

Aug 31, 1999

Columbia Pictures

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All Critics (51) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (46) | Rotten (5) | DVD (7)

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

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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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.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Genial and entertaining if not notably inspired.

February 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Genial middlebrow fare that coasts a long way on the charm of its two stars.

February 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Variety
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Great entertainment.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comment (1)
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You can't dislike this movie, but you won't be swept away by it either.

January 1, 2000
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Light, fluffy romantic comedy, well acted by Michael Douglas.

May 4, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Witty, wise, and idealized political romance.

December 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

as the 1995 film veers away from the romance, into definable (and dated) political issues, it loses some of its magic.

June 14, 2007

A potentially good adult romance is undone by a preachy left-wing agenda.

October 8, 2005 | Comments (3)
Fantastica Daily

Sorkin starts his West Wing warm-up with a winning political rom-com.

April 3, 2005

Glorious romantic comedy.

August 7, 2004 Full Review Source:

Predictable and PC, but fun.

April 3, 2004

Good romantic comedy. Some funny irreverence about the White House, and a well-meaning political message.

July 14, 2003

The casting is inspired, with uniformly crisp performances all around.

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

While there are a lot of funny lines in the film, well-delivered by an all-star cast, the film's politics are funniest of all.

March 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

So-so fantasy about what a more courageous Bill Clinton might have been like.

December 13, 2002
New Times

Registers as a polished and delightful romantic comedy about soulmates.

August 29, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Leve, divertido e gratificante.

May 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

Essentially a by-the-numbers Hollywood romance in the dopiest melodramatic tradition.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

The American President is a bright, witty romantic comedy with really good dialogue, but at the same time it is a statement about politics, and about politicians, some who are idealists and some who are opportunists.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

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.
June 17, 2012
Sanjay Rema

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Netflix said I'd give it 5 stars...They almost got it right.
July 17, 2011

Super Reviewer

A funny and tender romance movie with a cracking script from Aaron Sorkin. Full review later.
July 12, 2011
Thomas Bowler

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Movies Like The American President

    1. Sydney Ellen Wade: How'd you finally do it?
    2. President Andrew Shepherd: Do what?
    3. Sydney Ellen Wade: Manage to give a woman flowers and be president at the same time.
    4. President Andrew Shepherd: Well it turns out, I've got a rose garden.
    – Submitted by Hunter I (3 years ago)
    1. Robin McCall: Fellas, we haven't slept in three years. Can't we forget about work for one night and take a moment to enjoy each other as friends? It's Christmas.
    2. Lewis Rothschild: It's Christmas?
    3. Leon Kodak: Yeah. You didn't get the memo?
    – Submitted by Hunter I (3 years ago)
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