The Ides of March (2011) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Ides of March (2011)



Critic Consensus: While not exactly exposing revelatory truths, The Ides of March is supremely well-acted drama that moves at a measured, confident clip.

Movie Info

The Ides of March takes place during the frantic last days before a heavily contested Ohio presidential primary, when an up-and-coming campaign press secretary (Ryan Gosling) finds himself involved in a political scandal that threatens to upend his candidate's shot at the presidency. -- (C) Sony Picturesmore
Rating: R (for pervasive language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon, Beau Williams, Dr. Beau Williams
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 17, 2012
Box Office: $41.0M
Sony Pictures - Official Site


Ryan Gosling
as Stephen Meyers
George Clooney
as Governor Mike Morris
Philip Seymour Hoffm...
as Paul Zara Philip
Paul Giamatti
as Tom Duffy
Evan Rachel Wood
as Molly Stearns
Marisa Tomei
as ida Horowicz
Jeffrey Wright
as Senator Thompson
Max Minghella
as Ben Harpen
Jennifer Ehle
as Cindy Morris
Gregory Itzin
as Jack Stearns
Michael Mantell
as Senator Pullman
Danny Mooney
as Campaign Editor
John Manfredi
as Advance Guy
Robert Mervak
as Piano Player
Fabio Polanco
as Security Guard
Peter Harpen
as Head First Bartender
Rohn Thomas
as Stage Manager
Kris Reilly
as Student #2
Michael D. Ellison
as Pullman Staffer
Leslie McCurdy
as Clinic Nurse
Jill Hayley Meyers
as Pullman Staffer
Rob Braun
as Himself
Charlie Rose
as Himself
Deb Dixon
as Local Anchor
Neal Anthony Rubin
as Reporter #1
Loretta Higgins
as Reporter #2
Joe Dinda
as Joe the Staffer
John Repulski
as Organist
Cherie Bowman
as Air Tran Ticket Agen...
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Critic Reviews for The Ides of March

All Critics (226) | Top Critics (48)

It's ultimately less political thriller or election allegory than morality play in partisan dress.

Full Review… | May 22, 2016

Despite the puddles, it all seems a little too clinical. It's Giamatti and Hoffman who turn up to chew the scene, intensely yet effortlessly, and it's only too bad the narrative relegates them to the sidebar.

Full Review… | May 10, 2016
Bangkok Post

Only an innocent high-schooler could be scandalized by the film's depiction of backroom cynicism.

Full Review… | April 13, 2016
In These Times

Why is this sleek, well-crafted movie almost impossble to get excited about?

Full Review… | May 12, 2015
The Improper Bostonian

A brilliant political thriller about strategy, loyalty and idealism that is willing to unmask candidates who build their campaigns on slogans, not policies.

Full Review… | June 30, 2013
Big Hollywood

Well-produced and well-acted middlebrow entertainment, a political "expose" that will shock only pearl-clutchers and naive dopes.

Full Review… | June 22, 2013

Audience Reviews for The Ides of March


Clooney proves again that he knows how to direct intelligent films that rely on a great dialogue, and this intriguing character study is gripping from the first scene to the last, centered on a brilliant political battle and with an intense performance by the always fantastic Ryan Gosling.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


The press secretary and true believer of an up and coming presidential candidate uncovers a scandal leaving him with a moral dilemma that could potentially destroy this political golden boy's career. Based upon a play by Beau Willimon who was responsible for the American adaptation of the classic political drama House Of Cards, The Ides Of March has all of the kinds of cynical intrigue you'd expect of Frank Underwood's creator. The story is not quite as black-hearted as the TV series but the representation of modern politics being the product of back room deals, manipulation and blackmail certainly retains its flavour. Solid writing and a cast to die for make for a smart, savvy drama but at the same time The Ides Of March does leave you with the feeling that you walked in half way through the story; there's a certain sense of context that is missing and the lack of a weighty, focal message makes it seem a little soapy. But thanks to the talent involved it feels like a piece of intelligent, quality entertainment that fans of both House Of Cards and The West Wing will not fail to appreciate.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer



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The Ides of March Quotes

Stephen Meyers: You wanna be a president? You can start a war, you can lie you can cheat, you can bankrupt the country, but you can't fuck the interns.
– Submitted by Tareq J (2 years ago)
Stephen Meyers: When you make a mistake, you lose the right to play.
– Submitted by Nikita F (3 years ago)
Tom Duffy: The ability to win people's respect, by making them mistake their fear, for love.
– Submitted by Karthik V (4 years ago)
Stephen Meyers: You broke the only rule in politics. You want to be president? You can start a war, you can lie, you can cheat, you can bankrupt the country... but you cant fuck the interns. They'll get you for that.
– Submitted by Malek S (4 years ago)

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