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The Ides of March Reviews

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Donald Clarke
Irish Times

While the eventual awful revelations might shock liberals who believe the absurdly sunny West Wing to be a documentary, anybody with a shard of cynicism in their heart will react with an unsurprised shrug.

Full Review Source: Irish Times | Original Score: 3/5

March 19, 2012
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

A well-done film, respectable and serious. The actors acquit themselves with zest and skill. Unfortunately, The Ides of March just has all the freshness of a outdated stump speech.

Full Review Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 5, 2011
Alison Gang
San Diego Union-Tribune

While the story itself takes some tense turns, Clooney's moralizing doesn't, leaving us with a bit of a campaign hangover.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

October 7, 2011
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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The problem is that the news the story brings may be perfectly accurate, but it isn't particularly original, and it's certainly not what we hunger for in these dispiriting, cynical times.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

October 6, 2011
Fernando F. Croce
House Next Door

Had it had a more complex argument on its mind than just "power corrupts," it could have been more than a solid, slick entertainment.

Full Review Source: House Next Door

September 10, 2011
Joanna Langfield
The Movie Minute

Ironic: this is a movie about politics that, like most politicians, promises far more than it ever delivers.

Full Review Source: The Movie Minute

October 4, 2011
Tony Macklin
tonymacklin.net

The Ides of March isn't stale, but it isn't fresh either. There's nothing memorable. There's nothing daring. The theme of The Ides of March is that idealism is squelched by pragmatism. Oh, what an insight.

Full Review Source: tonymacklin.net | Original Score: 2.0/5

October 5, 2011
Karina Longworth
Village Voice
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For all of the timely questions rumbling through Clooney's film -- Is change even possible? Does a "good" man stand a chance once incorporated into a hopelessly "bad" system? -- The Ides of March cushions the end of idealism within noir fantasy.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 4, 2011
Katey Rich
CinemaBlend.com

There's a much smarter, better constructed movie in there that could have better used the dynamite cast.

Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com

September 15, 2011
Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
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From the film's ideological vantage point, moderate Democrats are Machiavellian devils, and Republicans are an inconceivable evil looming on a distant horizon, like the White Walkers in Game of Thrones.

Full Review Source: The Atlantic

October 7, 2011
Richard Knight
Knight at the Movies

Ironically, one ends up feeling both skeptical and cynical about this movie that wants to have it both ways but, instead, ends up just as deeply cynical and flawed as its characters and the system it seeks to expose.

Full Review Source: Knight at the Movies

January 13, 2012
Bill Gibron
Filmcritic.com

You expect better from George Clooney

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 3/5

October 6, 2011
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org

Skip this one and rent The Candidate, which still feels sharper and more contemporary than The Ides of March."

Full Review Source: KPBS.org

October 7, 2011
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

This is Clooney in high civic Syriana mode, telling us that we should stay involved and informed even though the system is hopelessly compromised and there's nothing anyone can do about it.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 3/5

October 10, 2011
Dan Jardine
Cinemania

The Ides of March boils down to a big breast-beating session within the Democratic caucus

Full Review Source: Cinemania | Original Score: 67/100

July 25, 2012
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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"The Ides of March'' rests its moral outrage on a rickety podium of glibness and coincidence. It passes the character test, but it can't go the distance.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 5, 2011
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Somehow, the film is missing both adrenaline and gravity, notwithstanding some frantic early moments and a late swerve toward tragedy. It makes its points carefully and unimpeachably but does not bring much in the way of insight or risk.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 6, 2011
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit

Wallows in fashionable cynicism

Full Review Source: Movie Habit

November 14, 2011
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly

... it goes for the most boring, obvious clichés it can find and doesn't even attempt to spin those clichés into something more interesting.


Full Review Source: Atlantic City Weekly | Original Score: 2/4

October 6, 2011
Dana Stevens
Slate
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Beware The Ides of March. This slick political thriller, the fourth directorial effort of the velvet-voiced heartthrob and aspiring auteur George Clooney, adds up to less than it appears to be at first glance, or even the first several glances.

Full Review Source: Slate

October 6, 2011
Richard Roeper
ReelzChannel.com
March 10, 2012
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
February 3, 2012
Jen Chaney
Washington Post
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February 1, 2012
Leonard Maltin
ReelzChannel.com
March 10, 2012
Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine
September 9, 2011
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