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The American President Reviews

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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.
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 13, 2001
Genial and entertaining if not notably inspired.
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Variety
February 13, 2001
Genial middlebrow fare that coasts a long way on the charm of its two stars.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
January 1, 2000
As bustling and impassioned as the best Sturges and Capra movies.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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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.
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Great entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A well-modulated charmer.
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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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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Frothy.
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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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John Hartl
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Painless fun.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
A super cast injects it with Teddy Roosevelt vitality.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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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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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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-