The Great McGinty (Down Went McGinty) Reviews

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Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
October 21, 2004
Deliciously biting political satire.
| Original Score: 4/5
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
April 14, 2010
The evolution from hoodlum to governor: 'You got to crawl before you can creep, right?'
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
January 12, 2007
The trademark Sturges dialogue is in rare form here, each character armed with a quiver full of tart jabs and put-downs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Preston Sturges's first film as writer-director (1940) and one of his most cynical comedies -- a cut below his best work, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't see it.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
November 22, 2002
Minor Sturges.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Milne
Time Out
June 24, 2006
A wonderfully dry satire.
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Variety Staff
Variety
November 13, 2007
Sturges displays plenty of ability in accentuating both the comedy and dramatic elements of his material, withal maintaining a consistent pace in the unreeling.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
September 3, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
January 19, 2003
A classic, cynical comedy about politics and corruption; still pertinent today.
| Original Score: 4/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
August 31, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 2, 2006
It's the kind of ironical film Capra wouldn't or couldn't make.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
March 12, 2003
Sturges' directorial debut is a little rough around the edges, but still good.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
The perfect fusion of Sturges's wit and frenzy.
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
July 29, 2002
not "Lady Eve"-caliber Preston Sturges, but well worth viewing
| Original Score: 4/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
Donlevy isn't Sturges' most appealing lead, but he'll do, and Tamiroff really works it as his patron, the Boss.
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
May 20, 2003
You won't make a mistake, believe us, if you stuff the ballot-box for The Great McGinty.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
June 6, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 26, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5

Film4
May 24, 2003
As a political comedy, it's far-fetched but certainly engaging.
Brian Darr
Senses of Cinema
May 20, 2006
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