Election Reviews

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Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online
December 17, 2011
Payne and Taylor are equal opportunity satirists and their sly wit dismantles everything from high school culture to suburban complacency.
Emanuel Levy
August 17, 2011
This clever, biting high-school satire is arguably Alexander Payne's most original and accomplished film (and so far he has made only good pictures).
Full Review | Original Score: A
Kelly Kessler
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Dark high school comedy is best for older teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
August 24, 2010
Surprise! An intelligent, well-written high school story that offers some real ideas to chew on, rather than simply wallowing in nubile flesh.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
August 24, 2010
An instant classic, Alexander Payne's 1999 high school comedy seems even more scathing now that we're losing control of our own election machinery.
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Ted Anthony
Associated Press
August 24, 2010
Election at first has the feel of a simple work. But don't let that fool you; it's a complex, deep tale.
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
February 3, 2009
Took the sleaze of the teen comedy and spun it into something that's both hugely entertaining and extremely insightful.
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
January 21, 2009
A funny and horrifying allegory of American politics and adult society, as seen through the prism--or shall we say "prison"?--that is secondary education. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
January 15, 2009
Maybe its only real fault is that it's a little too close to the truth to be as funny as it could be.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
[A] wicked, carnal comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Jay Carr
Boston Globe
August 25, 2007
You've got to laugh at Witherspoon's tightly wound Little Miss Perfect, rising at dawn to do her hair and encase herself in a preppy look before baking cupcakes to pass out at school as vote-getters in her campaign for student council president.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Gonsalves
July 30, 2007
The script, based on a Tom Perrotta novel, is tight and elegant.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Alarmingly insightful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
July 23, 2006
...a surprisingly compelling piece of work..
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Kudos to Payne and Taylor for their courage, balance, and humor.
Top Critic
Derek Elley
February 18, 2006
A dark, insidiously funny satire on the self-involved ways otherwise rational people can allow narrow personal agendas to lead them astray to the point of self-destruction.
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
This remarkable film may be set in high school, but its satiric take on moral corruption, political chicanery, adultery and seduction is anything but juvenile.
Ron Wells
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Beuller?... Beuller? Where's Ferris? Oh, there he is on the floor. Brought to his knees and he still hasn't learned anything.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Production, set, costume and photography all help give the film a crisp look, capturing the inherent mid-western feel provided by the Omaha, Nebraska locale.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews
March 16, 2005
Those who watch this film now are going to experience it as a more powerful socio-political commentary than the audiences in 1999.
| Original Score: 7/10

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