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The American President Reviews

June 24, 2006
Part romantic comedy, part Capra-corny political drama, this movie exudes so much sympathy, it sweats.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 13, 2001
Genial and entertaining if not notably inspired.
Top Critic
February 13, 2001
Genial middlebrow fare that coasts a long way on the charm of its two stars.
January 1, 2000
As bustling and impassioned as the best Sturges and Capra movies.
January 1, 2000
Neither bad nor unwatchable, The American President is nevertheless the second straight disappointment from director Rob Reiner.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 1, 2000
You can't dislike this movie, but you won't be swept away by it either.
January 1, 2000
The American President will make you laugh and make you smile. But it probably won't make you change your vote.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
Great entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 1, 2000
A well-modulated charmer.
January 1, 2000
The American President becomes a pretty darn entertaining and affecting movie after its first simpering 20 minutes.
January 1, 2000
Frothy.
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
January 1, 2000
Painless fun.
January 1, 2000
A super cast injects it with Teddy Roosevelt vitality.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
When it comes right down to it, high office does not guarantee high comedy.
November 17, 1995
The image of a chief executive as moonstruck single guy taps something buoyant and touching in our collective democratic imagination. And Douglas, wearing a fast-break smile in place of his usual frown, strikes a tender rapport with Bening...
Full Review | Original Score: B-