Wag the Dog Reviews

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Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
September 25, 2011
'Wag the Dog,' a movie that's fun to see more than once, comes across as a bitingly funny satire of politics, the media and show business.
Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media
December 18, 2010
Entertaining, creepily resonant political comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Film4
March 30, 2009
Smart political satire from director Barry Levinson.
Sandra Contreras
TV Guide's Movie Guide
March 30, 2009
Anyone who would be inherently interested in this kind of sendup is unlikely to be surprised by anything in this film -- overall it feels like a trifle, if an entertaining one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 30, 2009
Hilary Henkin and David Mamet's script is gleefully hyperbolic without ever straying from its political target.
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
March 29, 2009
Twisty and flat-out hilarious.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
July 24, 2007
Feels tossed-off and casual in the best way.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Gary Brown
Houston Community Newspapers
May 9, 2007
Strong performances abound in the film.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 16, 2006
I doubt it will age as well as Network, but it is close to that realm of brilliance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
Lazily assembled by director Levinson, it slides into a series of soft, extended skits on engineering a media war, not helped by several badly handled leaps in the story.
Tom Meek
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Beyond a couple of hilarious zingers, its impact feels smug and minor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 17, 2005
Brilliantly scripted and acted to the point where even Barry Levinson's typically uninspired direction doesn't matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Levinson has created a surprising quickie that satirically strikes out at our political system, the media (easy target) and the whole business of image versus reality.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 29, 2005
It is fun when people with Hollywood clout decide to do something as fast and loose as this...
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005
It's half a brilliant political satire, half a wacky outrageous comedy of errors. The first half works, the second half doesn't.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Andrew Wright
rec.arts.movies.reviews
December 18, 2004
A film that, for every scene of genuine hilarity, all too often just lies there smirking at itself about how darn clever it is.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews
March 3, 2004
Very relevant not only for 1990s, but also for generations to come.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 29, 2003
Hollywood meets Washington.
Full Review | Original Score: D
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
...Fun, but not very believable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
A hilarious, acerbic political satire of a kind rarely seen on American screens.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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