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A Perfect Candidate

A Perfect Candidate (1996)

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Average Rating: 7.7/10
Critic Reviews: 9
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A Perfect Candidate documents the 1994 Virginia senate campaign of Oliver North. Filmmakers R.J. Cutler (The War Room) and David Van Taylor (Dream Deceivers) take a look at North and his main opponent, Chuck Robb, but focus most of their attention on North's ruthless campaign strategists, Mark Goodin and Mark Merritt, and on Don Baker, a cynical Washington Post reporter who covers the campaign. North runs as a right-wing Christian candidate, and makes his professed faith a major campaign issue.

Apr 20, 2004

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All Critics (19) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (2) | DVD (5)

What fun it is to watch.

April 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Shrewd, involving

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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An encouraging item from the film is the claim that, of those who considered honesty and ethics important considerations in choosing a senator, three-fourths voted against North.

January 1, 2000
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A fine, trenchant political documentary on a par with The War Room

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Fascinating, if more than a little depressing

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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One of a small handful of essential films about politics in this country.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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An interesting, if uneven, documentary.

August 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

It's quite a revealing, amusing and ultimately dispiriting trip

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Perversely entertaining

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Plays more like the satirical Bob Roberts than a documentary

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

The film dwells a bit too much on North's unpleasant campaign strategist, Mark Goodin.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
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