The Campaign Reviews

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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
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
Hannah McGill
The List
September 27, 2012
Hits an occasional vein of funny, but for the most part it's inescapably half-assed, largely relying for laughs on Ferrell's familiar schtick of delivering filth in deadpan tones.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Andrew Simpson
Fan The Fire
September 30, 2012
Using tired, lazy stereotypes that swerve any relevance to the times, it ironically treats both Americans and its audience with the same contempt as the politicians it lampoons.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Jason Zingale
Bullz-Eye.com
August 9, 2012
The Campaign walks a fine line between silly and stupid, and although it veers into the latter far too often, Ferrell and Galifianakis remain committed to their roles.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine
August 14, 2012
As uplifting as the slight story line aims to be, it unfortunately still leaves a sour aftertaste.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.2/10
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
September 28, 2012
Emblematic of a US comedy scene that's turning into something of a fraternity.
Don Groves
sbs.com.au
August 9, 2012
Crude political satire is absurd and light on for laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kate Muir
Times [UK]
September 28, 2012
Perhaps one in ten of the jokes hits the mark; the rest are damp, childish squibs
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nell Minow
Beliefnet
August 9, 2012
This is one of those campaigns when you wish the ballot had an option for "none of the above."
Full Review | Original Score: C
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
January 22, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
August 9, 2012
Often brings the laughs, but the movie's ultimate timidity over possibly vexing viewers of any political stripe renders the whole project somewhat sterile.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 9, 2012
It's weak and witlessly crude.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
August 9, 2012
Maybe the surreal realities of the current campaign really are beyond satire, ridicule, parody or ready comprehension, but this ultimately puerile gagfest has little reach and less grasp.
Donald Munro
Eye for Film
January 22, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Adam Lee Davies
Little White Lies
September 27, 2012
All sounds a bit déjà vu. Didn't they make this in the late-'90s with Chris Farley and David Spade?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kevin Lally
Film Journal International
August 8, 2012
Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis milk some laughs at the expense of our political process as madcap election rivals, but The Campaign is more low comedy than brainy satire.
Alison Willmore
Movieline
August 8, 2012
While funny enough, the film feels even smaller than its 85 minute runtime, like it runs through every last bit of the territory deemed safe to tread and just barely makes it to the credits at a credible feature length.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
September 27, 2012
More of the non sequitur jokes and shouting on which [Ferrell] has built a lucrative and long-lasting career.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
August 10, 2012
A political comedy with little bite in its satire and bias in its political stance, The Campaign is still kept in contention thanks to the over the top theatrics of Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5
Richard Roeper
ReelzChannel.com
January 22, 2013
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
January 22, 2013
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 22, 2013
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Alessandra Stanley
New York Times
July 11, 2013
Leonard Maltin
ReelzChannel.com
January 22, 2013
Scott Tobias
NPR.org
January 22, 2013

Urban Cinefile
January 22, 2013
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Toronto Star
January 22, 2013
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 22, 2013
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