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Knife Fight Reviews

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Nathalie Atkinson
National Post

For all the knowing monologues mentioning tax breaks for the rich and diet drinks for the poor, Knife Fight feels squeaky-clean -- a remedial spin class that tells more than it shows.

Full Review Source: National Post | Original Score: 2/5

January 25, 2013
Nick McCarthy
Slant Magazine

Bill Guttentag exaggerates the absurd lengths advisors go to win an election and yet ultimately aggrandizes their behavior.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1/4

January 22, 2013
John Barber
Globe and Mail
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An improbable fantasy in which the people who make political advertising emerge as chisel-jawed heroes of democracy.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 1/4

January 25, 2013
Brian Orndorf

A mixed bag, offering a few winning performances and moments of revelation, while the rest scatters aimlessly, in search of structure director Bill Guttentag doesn't provide.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C-

January 24, 2013
Sara Stewart
New York Post
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Meanders aimlessly around too-familiar territory.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 25, 2013
Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
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U.S. politics provides more than ample fodder for sharply observed satire. Someone needs to tell Guttentag that requires a scalpel, not a dull-edged butter knife.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 24, 2013
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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Whether playing it sleazy or noble, Mr. Lowe brings little emotional weight to his role.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1/5

January 24, 2013
Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
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[An] underwhelming, would-be political satire.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

January 24, 2013
Jeannette Catsoulis
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Soulless and two-dimensional, Knife Fight is a black hole of disillusion and spin.

Full Review Source: NPR

January 24, 2013
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine

Another clichéd story of a cynic who gets in touch with his inner idealist..Movies like this give political satire a bad name.

Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine

January 25, 2013
David Fear
Time Out New York
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Everyone from Eric McCormack's caricature of a Southern candidate to Julie Bowen's celebrity newscaster are simply straw men for writer-director Bill Guttentag's argument that elections are a dirty business ...

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 1/5

January 23, 2013
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Though everyone's intentions seem honorable, this limp political satire overshoots its targets almost every time.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

January 24, 2013
Marc Mohan

It could have been an incisive counterpoint to a film like "The Ides of March." Instead, it's a forgettable series of bullet points barely strung together by charismatic performances.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: C

January 31, 2013
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness

A fun, tack-sharp political drama with satirical underpinnings, buoyed by crisp characterizations.

Full Review Source: Shared Darkness | Original Score: A-

February 23, 2013
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate

Cynical and savvy, it's a small film with a big message about the ends justifying the means.

Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate | Original Score: 7/10

January 10, 2013
David Noh
Film Journal International

Smart, brisk political satire, so smoothly done and performed that it overrides certain weaknesses and a climactic sentimental face change.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

January 25, 2013
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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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 Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B-

January 25, 2013
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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With so many characters and so many issues, Knife Fight seems overlong, but it's still above and beyond most movies that try to puncture the balloons of political hypocrisy. The writing is sometimes awkward, but the actors are uniformly convincing.

Full Review Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 23, 2013
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