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The American President Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Great entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Susan Rathke
Film.com
January 1, 2000
When it comes right down to it, high office does not guarantee high comedy.
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John Hartl
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Painless fun.
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Paula Nechak
Film.com
January 1, 2000
The American President becomes a pretty darn entertaining and affecting movie after its first simpering 20 minutes.
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Tom Keogh
Film.com
January 1, 2000
You can't dislike this movie, but you won't be swept away by it either.
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Sean P. Means
Film.com
January 1, 2000
The American President will make you laugh and make you smile. But it probably won't make you change your vote.
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
January 1, 2000
Essentially a by-the-numbers Hollywood romance in the dopiest melodramatic tradition.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A well-modulated charmer.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Frothy.
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
Got the same zip as When Harry Met Sally.
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
Michael Douglas is plausible as president, and he delivers yet another solid, if unmemorable performance.
| Original Score: 72/100
Madeleine Williams
Cinematter
January 1, 2000
Charming but flawed leftist romantic comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
Douglas and Bening are both wonderful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
Apart from its too-obvious political bias, The American President has romance in its heart, smarts in abundance and class to spare.
| Original Score: 3/4
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
A shrewd new depiction of 'office sex,' as well as an utterly positive view of the idea that a president's character is important.
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Peppered with terrific performances from a bevy of familiar faces.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
A super cast injects it with Teddy Roosevelt vitality.
| Original Score: 3/4
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
January 1, 2000
Rob Reiner seems to have found his calling.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
January 1, 2000
Director Rob Reiner strikes a good balance between drama and old-fashioned love with Douglas and Bening suitably understated in their roles.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
'Capraesque' has inevitably been affixed to The American President, but that phrase, with its implications of facile hokum, doesn't do the film justice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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