• R, 1 hr. 26 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Jay Roach
    In Theaters:
    Aug 10, 2012 Wide
    On DVD:
    Oct 30, 2012
  • Warner Bros. Pictures


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The Campaign Reviews

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Will Leitch

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 Source: Deadspin | Original Score: C

June 23, 2013
Jeremy Lebens
We Got This Covered

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 Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 6/10

November 11, 2012
Hannah McGill
The List

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 Source: The List | Original Score: 2/5

September 27, 2012
Andrew Simpson
Fan The Fire

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 Source: Fan The Fire | Original Score: 1/5

September 30, 2012
Jason Zingale

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 Source: Bullz-Eye.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 9, 2012
Annlee Ellingson
Paste Magazine

As uplifting as the slight story line aims to be, it unfortunately still leaves a sour aftertaste.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 5.2/10

August 14, 2012
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture

Emblematic of a US comedy scene that's turning into something of a fraternity.

Full Review Source: Ultra Culture

September 28, 2012
Don Groves

Crude political satire is absurd and light on for laughs.

Full Review Source: sbs.com.au | Original Score: 2/5

August 9, 2012
Kate Muir
Times [UK]

Perhaps one in ten of the jokes hits the mark; the rest are damp, childish squibs

Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Original Score: 3/5

September 28, 2012
Nell Minow

This is one of those campaigns when you wish the ballot had an option for "none of the above."

Full Review Source: Beliefnet | Original Score: C

August 9, 2012
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Full Review Source: Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies | Original Score: C

January 22, 2013
Alonso Duralde
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Often brings the laughs, but the movie's ultimate timidity over possibly vexing viewers of any political stripe renders the whole project somewhat sterile.

Full Review Source: TheWrap

August 9, 2012
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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It's weak and witlessly crude.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 9, 2012
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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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.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

August 9, 2012
Donald Munro
Eye for Film

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 22, 2013
Adam Lee Davies
Little White Lies

All sounds a bit déjà vu. Didn't they make this in the late-'90s with Chris Farley and David Spade?

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 2/5

September 27, 2012
Kevin Lally
Film Journal International

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.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

August 8, 2012
Alison Willmore

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 Source: Movieline | Original Score: 6/10

August 8, 2012
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph

More of the non sequitur jokes and shouting on which [Ferrell] has built a lucrative and long-lasting career.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 2/5

September 27, 2012
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

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 Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Original Score: 2.5

August 10, 2012
Richard Roeper
January 22, 2013
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
January 22, 2013
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 22, 2013
Alessandra Stanley
New York Times
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July 11, 2013
Gabe Toro
The Playlist
January 22, 2013
Leonard Maltin
January 22, 2013
Scott Tobias
January 22, 2013

Urban Cinefile
January 22, 2013

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