2008, Drama, 1h 57m33 Reviews 2,500+ Ratings
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Recount deftly brings a controversial chapter of electoral history to dramatic life with a compelling cast, although some viewers may take issue with its conclusions. Read critic reviews
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Critic Reviews for Recount
Given its timeliness, "Recount" is a painful sort of fun, and likely a great argument starter.March 30, 2020 | Full Review…
The cable channel has taken a difficult, divisive topic and turned it into a clear, fast-moving thriller with comical overtones.June 14, 2018 | Full Review…
It's so suspenseful that it's easy to forget that you already know how it ends.
Even when the complicated political and legal machinations are handled gracefully, Recount doesn't have time to give these people depth or render their unique situations with sufficient shadings of complexity.
The tension that swirled around thousands of disputed Florida ballots after the November 2000 election was almost Shakespearean... Recount effectively dramatizes that struggle.
The movie possesses an underlying smugness that seems to say that all would be well in the world today if only Al Gore had eked out a win that fateful November and December - a conclusion that is impossible to reach.
Audience Reviews for Recount
Sep 11, 2012I was a bit reluctant for watching a movie that seemed to be based on election procedures, but having seen it, I don't regret taking the chances. Kevin Spacey is the main reason I decided to take the risk of being bored, but his performance isn't the major highlight of the film. The incredibly apt execution of such material is what made me see it through till the end. While not outstanding (in fact, a bit tedious at times), it's okay for a single viewing. Although not interested in political campaigns (or even politics in a broader sense for that matter), I found it quite watchable. Despite of the political ignorance, whether or not the film is biased is quite apparent. Its weak efforts to be impartial come off as an act of pretense. Of course, just my expert opinion!!!familiar s Super Reviewer
Mar 26, 2011It's clear the filmmakers have a bias, but fortunately that bias doesn't turn it in, at least completely, into a liberal fantasy-land like The Contender or The West Wing. That is to say, both sides are represented with some complexity, a rare thing for political dramas. Kevin Spacey is good, as he always is, and Laura Dern gives a strong performance. An interesting chapter in American history, to be sure. Problem is, the election itself was as meaningless as the recount attempts appeared to be.Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
Nov 08, 2010The film is a good overview of the events that transpired in Florida between the 2000 election and the Supreme Court's decision in Bush v. Gore, but it lacked the depth I desired. It seems to me that dramatization is not the right way to approach covering the events--a documentary gets rid of the glitz and goes right down to the facts. The film also clearly took some dramatic licence to exaggerate some of the events, which compromised the objectivity of the film. Nevertheless, Spacey, Leary, Wilkinson, and Dern all turned in good performances, and the film was very enjoyable. It just wasn't the thorough learning experience I want and expect from historical dramatizations like this one.Jay H Super Reviewer
Aug 12, 2010"Recount" is one of the best films I have ever seen about Democracy in America. It's a fast paced and utterly engrossing portrayal of the 2000 Presidential election recounts in Florida. In retrospect the events depicted are a huge storm on the horizon of things to come and really eerie to watch. The acting is great from the large ensemble and the background info into the voting process and the law that goes along with it is fascinating. Factually accurate with a pinch of satire and a whole lot of social and historical commentary (past and present), "Recount" is a triumph. It should stand as one of the defining films about the Bush Administration and that time period.Steven C Super Reviewer
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