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The Campaign Reviews

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J. Olson
Cinemixtape
April 9, 2016
The leads do fine work, but the screenplay bizarrely reduces Ferrell to straight man for much of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
It's the most infuriating kind of comedy, one that keeps flirting with sharp ideas, only to retreat into barn-door-broad buffoonery.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 25, 2014
It even has something like a brain with awareness of the world outside the film, and that is too rare of a commodity in American film comedy in the 2010s.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 23, 2013
You keep waiting for the movie to say something, to find that extra level of inspiration we've seen each of these two guys reach. Or at least to justify making a political comedy in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 26, 2013
It is meticulously bipartisan in its ridicule, from the right's embrace of God and guns, to the left's disingenuous stance against fat cats and big money.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
April 21, 2013
The problem with situation comedy movies in general - and Will Ferrell vehicles such as The Campaign in particular - is that they usually fizzle out after the first 30 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Meredith Borders
Birth.Movies.Death.
April 3, 2013
But for all its silliness, THE CAMPAIGN fixes what's broken in American politics with easy laughs and sharp truths.
March 4, 2013
Funny and entertaining, it's not a heavyweight contender, but who wants a heavyweight contender every time?
Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground
March 4, 2013
Poking fun at the nastiness of elections, The Campaign finally brings together two of Hollywood's funniest comedians.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Patty Jones
Georgia Straight
January 22, 2013
Really stupid, funny things happen that'll make you laugh when you're thinking about them later, alone and scared in the world.
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
January 22, 2013
We're not quite at the basic Jay Leno level of 'har har, politicians are shallow double-talkers!' humor, but sometimes we're dangerously close.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jeremy Lebens
We Got This Covered
November 11, 2012
Jay Roach's The Campaign can be funny at times, but it's mostly an exercise of patience as two usually funny men scrape the bottom of the barrel for some truly unfunny jokes. Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis have both been in much better films.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Brent Simon
Screen International
November 1, 2012
A hopelessly broad and undisciplined comedy that features a small handful of amusing ideas but otherwise represents a major missed opportunity for rich Stateside election year satire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Film4
October 30, 2012
Funny and entertaining, it's not a heavyweight contender, but who wants a heavyweight contender every time?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
October 25, 2012
If it's sophistication you're looking for, forget it. This one's strictly for low laughs, at which it succeeds nicely.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
October 24, 2012
[B]itter, brutal, and -- unfortunately for the hopes and dreams of the American people -- very very pointedly funny...
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
October 20, 2012
Works great until it develops a conscience
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat
October 19, 2012
The Campaign is an equal split of smart and stupid. Some people may be off-put by the wild detours into vulgarity, but I relished it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kofi Outlaw
ScreenRant
October 2, 2012
The Campaign does manage to strike a funny chord but don't be ashamed to find out these election results on home video.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
October 2, 2012
Director Jay Roach lets swing with some comic haymakers - literally so when Cam aims a punch at his rival and ends up socking a baby in the jaw instead - but the gags are so unsubtle that the satire fails to deliver a knockout blow.
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