• PG-13, 1 hr. 59 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Joshua Michael Stern
    In Theaters:
    May 20, 2008 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jan 13, 2009
  • Touchstone Pictures/Treehouse Films

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Swing Vote Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net

Swing Vote has its moments, especially when Grammer or Hopper are around, but it's trying to do too much ... there's so many ideas floating around in there, it all ends up being very shallow.

Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net | Original Score: 6.5/10

April 1, 2011
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union

People like to make fun of Kevin Costner, and sometimes he deserves it. But when he gets his laid-back, rascally mojo going, he can become a most agreeable screen companion for a couple of hours

Full Review Source: Florida Times-Union | Original Score: 3/4

December 24, 2009
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times

Swing Vote seems to be suggesting that the voter deserves a better class of candidate; allow me to suggest that the viewer deserves a better class of film.

Full Review Source: Washington Times | Original Score: 2/4

August 30, 2009
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a thoroughly affable piece of work that makes up in easy-going entertainment what it lacks in plausibility.

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 18, 2009
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

It's a predictable, feel-good fantasy in the mould of a political satire and the result is a good one.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

March 5, 2009
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

Swing Vote suggests that a few hours of cramming is enough--our brief run-in with Palin confirms that it's not.

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 0.5/4

January 14, 2009
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

Goes for cheap laughs with its politics, but wins back at least some respect when it presents its central characters as real people and their issues as immune to instant cure.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 66/100

January 6, 2009
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

I's unclear how we're supposed to respond.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 1/4

October 18, 2008
Tom Charity
CNN.com
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It's a sentiment Capra might well have echoed, though he would surely have punched up the gags while he was at it.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

October 18, 2008
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

A film that never seems entirely sure of what it's really about.

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 2/5

October 18, 2008
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

Costner does what he can with a role that is described as lovable, but I didn't find him so. Bud's a loser, nearly a bum, and even the expected turn-around didn't ring true for me.

Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan

October 18, 2008
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly

Depictions of the spineless presidential hopefuls (Kelsey Grammer and Dennis Hopper) and their campaign managers (Stanley Tucci and Nathan Lane, respectively) offer standard-issue political satire.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

October 18, 2008
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon

Watchable, well acted satirical drama that starts well but quickly loses its bite and tails off into sentimentality and a cop-out ending.

Full Review Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 2/5

September 26, 2008
Derek Malcolm
This is London

The film varies between ironic cynicism about the political process and overt whimsy and sentimentality.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 3/5

September 26, 2008
Anthony Quinn
Independent

What starts out as a hokey satire on electioneering and spin becomes a hokey lesson on civic responsibility, with a catch in the throat and a tear in the eye. Try to suppress the curl in your lip.

Full Review Source: Independent | Original Score: 2/5

September 26, 2008
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

Hayseed nonsense, folksily scripted. Whenever it becomes too much - or too little - close your eyes and think of Frank Capra.

Full Review Source: Financial Times

September 26, 2008
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]

While not without its charms, and aiming a well-placed dig at American voter apathy, the jokes don't work, Costner looks hungover for real and the corn count is way, way too high, particularly during Bud's big speech at the end.

Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK] | Original Score: 2/5

September 26, 2008
Neil Smith
Total Film

Election-year pertinence turns to mush in a winsome feel-gooder that wastes no time ramming its wholesome message down our throats. Oh, and did we mention that Kev gets to sing with his band Modern West? What a load of ballots...

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 2/5

September 26, 2008
Tim Evans
Sky Movies

The cynical vote-chasing ploys of the political machines are cheekily spoofed....and then the grand conceit is deserted and the whole caboodle slides into a tacky vat of sentimental, flag-waving gloop.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 2/5

September 26, 2008
David Gritten
Daily Telegraph

Swing Vote is a benign but telling satire.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph

September 26, 2008
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