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Game Change Reviews

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Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
September 23, 2012
It's a comedy, for at least 30% of its running time, leaving the rest a condensed, perplexing vision of Washington ambition and insistent ego, leaving the movie somewhere between a cartoon and a mean-spirited prank.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Alec MacGillis
The New Republic
August 6, 2012
Try as the filmmakers might, it just isn't the same. How could it be, really?
Mark Dawidziak
Cleveland Plain Dealer
August 6, 2012
The reality is that HBO's Game Change makes a bad showing by arming game and gifted players with a weak and labored script.
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
August 6, 2012
Game Change is not one-sided, exactly. It is, instead, uneven and episodic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Liz Smith
Chicago Tribune
August 6, 2012
Actress Moore makes one actually feel sorry for Sarah Palin at points in this wonderful film.
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 6, 2012
The dramatic re-creations are somewhat uneven: The convention staging is quite convincing, the campaign trail less so.
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Alex Pareene
Salon.com
August 6, 2012
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.
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Brian Dickerson
Detroit Free Press
August 6, 2012
Game Change, which explores how smart people make dumb decisions, is a movie for all of us.
Tom Gliatto
People Magazine
August 6, 2012
It plausibly lays out Palin's path from unsteady candidate to confident (or arrogant) rogue player.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chuck Barney
Contra Costa Times
August 6, 2012
That it works is testament to an astounding, Emmy-worthy performance by Moore, who plays Palin with nuance, and without a trace of parody.
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Linda Stasi
New York Post
August 6, 2012
The movie is more balanced than I expected.
Natalie Finn
E! Online
August 3, 2012
We're no longer disappointed that Tina Fey didn't get the role that ended up going to Julianne Moore.
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity
August 3, 2012
Game Change might have felt fresh had it hit the airwaves in 2010, but in 2012 it's just more of the same.
Chris Cabin
Slant Magazine
August 3, 2012
The most egregious fault to be found here is that Roach and Strong succumb to the same indulgences as the news media they're so happy to critique.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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James Poniewozik
TIME Magazine
August 3, 2012
It all feels like piling on - the campaign movie as blooper reel.
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Nancy DeWolf Smith
Wall Street Journal
August 3, 2012
The theme of women who are unobjectionable (and even sexy) until they have real power, at which point they are labeled mentally unstable and must be shut down, isn't new.
August 3, 2012
Game Change is a big disappointment, a broadside at a very big target, and a waste of some impressive talent in front of and behind the camera.
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David Hinckley
New York Daily News
August 3, 2012
It takes a story whose outline we know and uses backstage access to turn it into a well-paced drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 3, 2012
The movie is so smart and ethical that I wish it were better.
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Brian Lowry
Variety
August 3, 2012
Beyond the campaign, the movie yields sobering observations about the legitimacy of cable news, modern political extremism and the shrillest voices influencing the Republican Party.
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