Game Change (2012)



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Movie Info

The 2008 U.S. presidential campaign shifts into high gear after Arizona senator John McCain (Ed Harris) picks Alaska governor Sarah Palin (Julianne Moore) to be his running mate in the general election against Barack Obama. Based on the book Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin. ~ Joe Friedrich, Rovi

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Danny Strong
On DVD: Jan 8, 2013


as John McCain

as Sarah Palin

as Steve Schmidt

as Rick Davis

as Mark Salter

as Nicolle Wallace

as Mark Wallace

as Todd Palin

as Chris Edwards

as Bexie Nobles

as Tucker Eskew

as Fred Davis

as Steve Biegun

as Randy Scheunemann

as A.B. Culvahouse

as Joe Lieberman

as Lindsey Graham

as Bill McInturff

as Cindy McCain

as Matthew Scully

as Meghan McCain

as Bristol Palin

as Piper Palin

as Willow Palin

as Trig Palin

as Track Palin

as Levi Johnston
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Critic Reviews for Game Change

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (24)

Try as the filmmakers might, it just isn't the same. How could it be, really?

Full Review… | August 6, 2012
The New Republic
Top Critic

Actress Moore makes one actually feel sorry for Sarah Palin at points in this wonderful film.

Full Review… | August 6, 2012
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The dramatic re-creations are somewhat uneven: The convention staging is quite convincing, the campaign trail less so.

Full Review… | August 6, 2012
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

The constant use of actual news footage adds a bit of verisimilitude but also constantly raises the question of why this lightly fictionalized version of the election actually needs to exist.

Full Review… | August 6, 2012
Top Critic

Game Change, which explores how smart people make dumb decisions, is a movie for all of us.

Full Review… | August 6, 2012
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

The movie is more balanced than I expected.

Full Review… | August 6, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Game Change

This look into the political sphere surrounding the 2008 election is eye opening, very intuitive, and looks and feels like a real depiction of those seen more as celebrities than politicians. Whether or not you find the view slanted, and liberal biases threaded throughout, it was a really microscopic look into the spectrum of political punditry nowadays, how a candidate's look and youth appeal are weighted heavier than their ideology. Palin (Moore) is of course demonized as an ignorant fame whore who finds the work too difficult but the fame heartening. Harris plays John McCain as a hearty, robust American who only wants to calm the nerves of a perverse society and give order once again. He's shown as the good guy, part of the Lost Generation, and Palin is the new, the stupid, the lazy America of youth. It's almost heart breaking to watch Palin get humiliated by the public when she has a certain level of integrity and small town charm. Even if she is demonized, she's depicted as a good person thrust onto the national stage without preparedness, which leaves her looking vulnerable, if overly ambitious.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


Julianne Moore scores a personal triumph in this making a woman who is basically an unqualified not terribly bright egoist at least seem human and somewhat used. Quite a feat. The rest of the production is high caliber with exemplary work from Ed Harris, Sarah Paulson and particularly Woody Harrelson. The rest of the supporting cast, Peter MacNicol, Larry Sullivan et. al, is just as strong. It's disquieting though to realize how close an uninformed puppet came to a seat of supreme power.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

One of those political dramas that skips the red/blue dichotomy to remind you that politicians are people too. You walk away with a profound respect for Senator McCain, a deep sympathy for Governor Palin, and an overwhelming relief for the outcome of the 2008 election.

Overall, a well made movie. Julianne Moore does wonderfully in her attempt to add color to the most colorful character in recent politics, and Woody Harrelson proves again that he is one of the finest actors of the generation. Entertaining and fun, in a History channel sort of way.

Jason Robinson

Super Reviewer

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