Bulworth Reviews

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April 2, 2015
What starts out as an apt satire on the politician's role in American society spirals off into a muddled, politically sketchy head-scracther, featuring God-awful ADR/mixing and a fundamentally unsatisfying conclusion.
December 27, 2014
The best American movie, brilliant
½ December 6, 2014
Bulworth is a decent film. It is about a suicidally disillusioned liberal politician who puts a contract out on himself and takes the opportunity to be bluntly honest with his voters. Warren Beatty and Halle Berry give good performances. The screenplay is a little slow in places. Warren Beatty did an alright job directing this movie. I liked this motion picture because of the drama and humor.
October 16, 2014
It's interesting how sharply this film's ratings divide along political lines; liberals love it, and conservatives call it the worst movie ever made. As always, the truth is somewhere in between; but more than a few astute insights ("white people got more in common with colored people then they do with rich people", for example) are there for those willing to suspend their personal biases long enough to absorb them. Beatty effectively skewers the Washington political machine, which now, almost 20 years later, is even more obviously broken than it was then. Unfortunately his call to action was not heeded, and we continue to head toward hell in a hand basket at an ever-accelerating rate. On a purely cinematic level, the film is very entertaining and well worth seeing; I just wish it had had more of an impact.
Super Reviewer
½ November 1, 2007
I find it terribly fascinating that Beatty would cast himself in a role that calls for him to embarrass himself on a consistent basis. Now, some of that embarrassment is actually funny and other times its painful (all the rapping he does through much of the middle of the film was probably ill advised) but it is ultimately enduring when you step back and look at the performance as a whole. As for the the rest of the film, its really a mess but I respect the ambition on Beatty's part to make something so strange and angry. Also, while most of the film looks dated pretty much all the things it's ranting about are even bigger problems now than they were in the late 90s, so its managed to retain a relevancy that's rare for films of this kind.
½ June 19, 2014
offensively hysterical, and oddly has some good social and political points.
½ March 22, 2014
This was a really pleasant surprise!
February 21, 2014
Watching now-pretty funny so far
½ February 21, 2014
Bulworth raps the truth, raw. Great rap speech!
February 9, 2014
Written and directed by Warren Beatty, this film was made in absolute total secrecy at the time, mainly because Fox owed Beatty a film, as way of getting out of a lawsuit with Beatty because Fox dropped out of doing Dick Tracy (1990). Beatty only gave them a rough outline, and got $30 million to make his film. It's a good political satire, which focuses on what politicians which they could do, but can't because it would be career suicide for them. In 1996, liberal Senator Jay Bulworth (Beatty) is in a state of depression and is feeling suicidal. His political opinions, which won him voters in the 1960's and 1970's aren't working today, and a lot of people have turned their backs on him. He puts out a $10 million life insurance policy on his own life, and hires an unknown assassin to kill him. With nothing to lose, he appears at political rallies in California, extremely drunk and starts speaking his mind and makes offensive remarks, which reaches a head when he goes to a club, and starts rapping. This attitude actually wins favours with voters, and it's a shocking boost to Bulworth's career, he is aided by young campaigner Nina (Halle Berry), but Bulworth is fearful and mindful of when the day will come when he will be assassinated. It's a darkly funny look at fame, and how people crave it and some shun it, and what some people will do to stay in the public spotlight for as long as possible, there's no-one worse at doing that than politicians. It was also Beatty's last major film, (the debace of Town & Country (2001) aside), it's about time he made another film, as his presence has been missed from cinemas.
October 29, 2012
Pretty remarkable and memorable. Makes me miss Warren Beatty so damn much
July 10, 2007
Can be both funny and original, especially in the beginning, but halfway in, it begins to implode.
½ August 31, 2013
Uneven political satire with flashes of brilliance.
½ August 29, 2013
This film has a unique concept: a jaded senator finds a new lease on life by being bluntly honest in system run by lies. This concept is very much like Network, and it's done really well. Bulworth himself is a well done character, and can be quite insightful (except during the part where he goes insane for a brief moment when he advocates unification through procreation). The film's hip-hop oriented soundtrack isn't bad, and it actually fits right into the plot. The acting is really good, and the film really shows Bulworth's transformation, and its impact. Overall, if you want a political film, try this one. It's very much worth it.
August 4, 2013
My Favorite Comedy Film Is 1933's Duck Soup.
May 23, 2013
Bold but confused. And the Warren Beatty-Halle Berry romance was really weird.
September 6, 2010
some great ideas but beatty didn't quite pull it off. He should have just stuck with the "Politician who doesn't give an f" premise instead of turning into a rapper.
Super Reviewer
March 11, 2013
A bit too broadly played by Warren Beatty in the main, this satire isn't massively subtle but does have - clearly - very serious points to make, with some surprising poignancy in later stages. Excellent ensemble cast.
March 5, 2013
i really wanted to like this, but it's very boring and very dated
January 2, 2013
Bulworth works, with both urbanity and chutzpah, by viewing political puppeteering with an all-purpose jaundiced eye.
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