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Swing Vote Reviews

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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
Nell Minow
July 31, 2008
Kevin Costner the producer severely underestimates the ability of Kevin Costner the actor to win over the audience in this tepid satire of electoral politics.
Full Review | Original Score: C
August 1, 2008
As for the political commentary ... it's as toothless as a Disney Channel movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
August 30, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/4
David D'Arcy
Screen International
July 30, 2008
This film packed with political cliches is unlikely to make a difference to American political culture or its distributor's bottom line, despite a dependable cast of stars including Kevin Costner, Kelsey Grammer, and Dennis Hopper.
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
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
July 29, 2008
American democracy has rarely looked worse than in this unfunny and undramatic comedy-drama.
Edward Douglas
July 30, 2008
For those in the Red States anxiously awaiting a political comedy just for you, here comes an extremely erratic and disjointed attempt at mixing comedy with a message movie that fails on both counts.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
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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.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 18, 2008
I's unclear how we're supposed to respond.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Katey Rich
July 31, 2008
Swing Vote is the broadest, most meaningless kind of mainstream comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Christopher Orr
The New Republic
August 2, 2008
It is neither appreciably better nor dramatically worse than its hokey, please-describe-me-as-'Capraesque' premise.
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
July 30, 2008
A Shirley Temple movie camouflaged as political Capra-corn.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Kam Williams
August 2, 2008
A string of shameless sales pitches sans the rudiments of a major motion picture. Next time, how about including an ending if you're going to ask us to sit through two hours of commercials?
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Eric D. Snider
July 31, 2008
I wanted to like it, and I liked many things about it, but man, slicing off about 20 minutes and three subplots would sure improve it.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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
Heather Huntington
September 8, 2008
Disney's valiant attempt at making politics even more excruciating than they already are.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Dezhda Gaubert
E! Online
July 31, 2008
Like so many presidential candidates, Swing Vote falls victim to unfulfilled promises, wasted opportunities and smug self-satisfaction.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
August 1, 2008
Not counting [Kevin]Costner's cliche-ridden speech, the movie has a great make-you-think ending. If only the beginning, the middle and the basic premise were that profound.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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.
Desson Thomson
October 18, 2008
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
August 8, 2008
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
February 27, 2009
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 18, 2008

Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
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