The American President Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
May 4, 2011
Light, fluffy romantic comedy, well acted by Michael Douglas.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media
December 18, 2010
Witty, wise, and idealized political romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Douglas Pratt
June 14, 2007
as the 1995 film veers away from the romance, into definable (and dated) political issues, it loses some of its magic.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Part romantic comedy, part Capra-corny political drama, this movie exudes so much sympathy, it sweats.
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 8, 2005
A potentially good adult romance is undone by a preachy left-wing agenda.
| Original Score: 2/5
Scott Weinberg
April 3, 2005
Sorkin starts his West Wing warm-up with a winning political rom-com.
| Original Score: 4/5
Michael Dequina
August 7, 2004
Glorious romantic comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Willie Waffle
April 3, 2004
Predictable and PC, but fun.
| Original Score: 3/5
Fred Topel
July 14, 2003
Good romantic comedy. Some funny irreverence about the White House, and a well-meaning political message.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jim Shelby
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
The casting is inspired, with uniformly crisp performances all around.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
With great looks, a dandy supporting cast, a zinger-filled screenplay by Aaron Sorkin and Mr. Douglas twinkling merrily in the Oval Office, The American President is sunny enough to make the real Presidency pale by comparison.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 27, 2003
While there are a lot of funny lines in the film, well-delivered by an all-star cast, the film's politics are funniest of all.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
December 13, 2002
So-so fantasy about what a more courageous Bill Clinton might have been like.
| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 29, 2002
Registers as a polished and delightful romantic comedy about soulmates.
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
May 31, 2002
Leve, divertido e gratificante.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 13, 2001
Genial and entertaining if not notably inspired.
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February 13, 2001
Genial middlebrow fare that coasts a long way on the charm of its two stars.
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
January 1, 2000
Essentially a by-the-numbers Hollywood romance in the dopiest melodramatic tradition.
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
The American President is a bright, witty romantic comedy with really good dialogue, but at the same time it is a statement about politics, and about politicians, some who are idealists and some who are opportunists.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Susan Rathke
January 1, 2000
When it comes right down to it, high office does not guarantee high comedy.
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