Swing Vote Reviews

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Cath Clarke
Guardian
September 26, 2008
But away from the cutesy stuff there are some surprisingly sharp digs at the political process.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Wendy Ide
Times [UK]
September 26, 2008
It's like a party political broadcast brought to you by the Idiot Party.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Jim Hall
Film4
September 26, 2008
Jolly enough but far, far too nice. A satire with no bite that seems much more like a chance to preach at an apathetic electorate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Wally Hammond
Time Out
September 26, 2008
He shoots simultaneously for 'wake up, America!' inspiration and good ol' boy charm but ends up putting both barrels through his own cowboy-booted foot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
September 26, 2008
This light satire is unlikely to influence the forthcoming election, but Costner's in fine fettle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Victor Olliver
Teletext
September 25, 2008
Absurdity's a crucial trait of Costner films (The Postman? Message In A Bottle?), so hold the exasperated sigh.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Heather Huntington
ReelzChannel.com
September 8, 2008
Disney's valiant attempt at making politics even more excruciating than they already are.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
August 27, 2008
If your perfect weekend is Nascar and country music, with barely any political discussion, then this is your cup of tea ... I mean bottle of beer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Charles Koplinski
Illinois Times
August 17, 2008
The most underrated film of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.0/4
Jolene Mendez
Entertainment Spectrum
August 13, 2008
Overall "Swing Vote" was left unresolved in the end and could not sustain a viewing audience for the 100 minute run time. It would be much better viewed at home, so you may doze off comfortably.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Robert Davis
Paste Magazine
August 12, 2008
Although it preaches political engagement, it hopes very much to have an audience full of Buds who won't mind when it ambles lazily into the closing credits having taken a stand for nothing whatsoever.
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
August 11, 2008
A rocky start aside, this blend of timely political satire and father/daughter heart warmer offers enough truth about media manipulation and voter pandering to win over an undemanding audience.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
August 11, 2008
Unlikely premise, yet script offers dialogue, heart-tugs, actual intelligent thought and a fair and necessary reflection on the State elections in the Union. A pleasant film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
The whole enterprise, including Costner's uneven performance, does get better and more absorbing as it develops. But not enough to be meaningful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Stephen Himes
Flak Magazine
August 6, 2008
In its relentless sermonizing about voting, the movie treats the audience like we're Bud Johnson--who the movie also calls a 'dumbass.'
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
August 6, 2008
Costner swings and misses
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 6, 2008
The toothlessness of this purported political satire is such that it would have a hard time chewing its way through a bowl of Cream of Wheat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
August 5, 2008
A surprisingly funny and astute satire of the two-party political system.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
August 4, 2008
Goofball Bud Johnson is such a funny, undemanding guy and his daughter such a pre-teen chip of gold, whatever ticket they're running on... I swing their way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 4, 2008
Not a bad movie, probably OK to rent on DVD, but I'm saying don't rush to the theaters.
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