Silver City Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 19, 2004
Sayles must have felt the need to weigh in on the last election. But if he was going to do it, a little more planning, writing -- and especially casting -- would have helped.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 16, 2004
A satire that's as subtle as a bulldozer.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
September 17, 2004
Would have been better served with a more dynamic hero and a leaner, darker plot.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 30, 2004
Though there's nothing wrong with moral outrage, it doesn't always aid the telling of a complex story. More subtlety might have worked better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
September 17, 2004
It clearly hasn't occurred to anyone to try to say something new about these issues; instead we're reassured that we're in known territory.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jeremy Heilman
MovieMartyr.com
August 15, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com
September 13, 2004
Sayles strives for the Chinatown of modern political movies and winding up with an unfocused mishmash of his earlier efforts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Arthur Lazere
culturevulture.net
September 16, 2004
Even the long roster of skilled players in 'Silver City' doesn't make this script come alive.
Susan Granger
Modamag.com
September 17, 2004
Sayles' sad yet complex political satire falls far short of the mark. It's a laid-back, even lackadaisical lampoon.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
September 21, 2004
An ambitious film bubbling over with provocative issues is ultimately tarnished by its emphasis on too many sketchy characters.
Dan Lybarger
eFilmCritic.com
October 16, 2004
Sayles is at his best when he has something more substantial to say than 'Bush sucks.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 22, 2006
Too close to reality to be effective as satire.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
September 10, 2004
At times, Silver City feels like a collection of scenes in which characters do little more than discuss the plot.
| Original Score: C
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
September 14, 2004
Sayles, it seems, doesn't think much of his audience, and the tone of his discourse is only nominally less pandering than a politician's.
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John Anderson
Newsday
September 16, 2004
Sayles wants to win our minds, and maybe our hearts. but once again, he ignores the seduction process.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 16, 2004
The storytelling is slack and lackluster, the cliches rampant.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
September 16, 2004
Compared to City of Hope, the director's fine state-of-the- American-city drama, this seems overpopulated and scattershot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
September 16, 2004
Every time Mr. Sayles faces a choice between high-minded didacticism and persuasive drama, you can almost hear him tapping the lectern for your full attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
September 17, 2004
Its implications are so ploddingly obvious, you'll swear you wandered into a dank lecture room where today's topic is The Way the System Works.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
September 17, 2004
If there's one thing Sayles has proved he's not gifted at over his long, respected career, it's comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Derek Adams
Time Out
August 16, 2007
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
July 22, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
September 17, 2004

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September 18, 2004

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September 18, 2004

BBC.com
July 19, 2005
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Time Out
July 21, 2005
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