Knife Fight (2013)

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If a political candidate is personally flawed, but stands to make a positive difference in millions of lives, would you help him win? That question looms over the life of "true believer" Paul Turner (Rob Lowe), a savvy strategist sharply maneuvering politicians out of scandal and into public office. With the help of a bright young assistant (Jamie Chung) and a seedy operative (Richard Schiff), Turner spins every news cycle and a shrewd reporter (Julie Bowen) on behalf of his clients: a … More

Rating: R (for language and some sexual content/nudity)
Genre: Drama , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Bill Guttentag, Chris Lehane
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 10, 2013
Runtime:
IFC Films - Official Site

Cast


as Paul Turner

as Peaches O'Dell

as Kerstin

as Larry Lincoln Becker
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Critic Reviews for Knife Fight

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (10)

Lowe's Paul is slimy, but, lo and behold, we are supposed to believe that he smells like a rose. He really wants to make the world a better place. His sentiments may be genuine but they come across as a con.

Full Review… | January 25, 2013
Christian Science Monitor
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Meanders aimlessly around too-familiar territory.

Full Review… | January 25, 2013
New York Post
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An improbable fantasy in which the people who make political advertising emerge as chisel-jawed heroes of democracy.

Full Review… | January 25, 2013
Globe and Mail
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Whether playing it sleazy or noble, Mr. Lowe brings little emotional weight to his role.

Full Review… | January 24, 2013
New York Times
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[An] underwhelming, would-be political satire.

Full Review… | January 24, 2013
Los Angeles Times
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Soulless and two-dimensional, Knife Fight is a black hole of disillusion and spin.

Full Review… | January 24, 2013
NPR
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Audience Reviews for Knife Fight

½

In "Knife Fight," Paul Turner(Rob Lowe) is an expert political fixer based in California. Currently, he has to get Stephen Green(David Harbour), a client and current US Senator, through a sex scandal while being unaware of Kentucky Governor Larry Becker(Eric McCormack), another client, fooling around. That leaves him little time to listen to Dr. Penelope Nelson(Carrie-Anne Moss) who wants to run for governor of California.

"Knife Fight" has certain things going for it, including a good cast, especially a charismatic Rob Lowe in the lead and Saffron Burrows who steals whatever brief scenes she is in. And it does make some good points about the way campaigns focus on sex instead of the issues, while admittedly not bringing up anything about campaign financing. Just as Paul lectures Penelope rightfully about politics being a knife fight, he somehow fails to bring up that unless one is really, really privileged, one should not start out one's political career on the state level. That's not to mention the movie failing to adequately juggle its three storylines nor making much sense in the end..

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Harlequin68
Walter M.

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Rob Lowe's performance is the best reason to check out this film. It's been awhile since I have seen Rob in a really good role in a good film. I am happy he is back with this one. The film reminded me of movies like Wag the Dog, Primary Colors, and Swing Vote. The film is predictable but I found it very entertaining.

Eric McCormack also does a great supporting job here. So does Carrie Anne Moss, Richard Schiff, and Jamie Chung.

I definitely recommend this film.

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Sol C

Super Reviewer

This political thriller directed by Bill Guttentag and co-written with Chris Lehane is a story of a political strategist and his life. It stars Rob Lowe, Jamie Chung and Richard Schiff, all three perfectly casted in a movie which won't bring you anything new but has enough good stuff to keep you happy watching it until the end .

The drama follows a political strategist (played by Rob Lowe) and his assistant (Chung) as they navigate a trio of election campaigns rife with cheating husbands, blackmail and even an actual knife fight. Our hero is successfully juggling all three clients and very often questions whether or not to take the high road... while the ugly side of his work begins to haunt him. We can see how politics is really played... forget what you think how it should be - it is NEVER happening that way. Take any of the politicians (even Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln or John F. Kennedy) and ask why are some of them the United States' most adored individuals... maybe because they were masters at the art of juggling politics and personal lives while keeping an image for the masses.

Best performance was undoubtedly given by Jamie Chung, who is competitive by nature, and has finally proven that she can handle mouthfuls of dramatic dialogue or "something smart," as she calls it. It is a movie for all her fans, but do not expect that it will puncture the balloons of political hypocrisy.

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Panta Oz

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