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July 2, 2015
the last time I saw this movie was back in thee 8th grade
May 31, 2015
A pretty biting and clever political satire - though I could have lived without Warren Beatty rapping.
½ May 14, 2015
Beatty puts his smug political agenda out there and despite it all I still liked it.
April 10, 2015
What starts out as an apt satire on the politician's role in American society spirals off into a muddled, politically sketchy head-scracther, featuring God-awful ADR/mixing and a fundamentally unsatisfying conclusion.
December 27, 2014
The best American movie, brilliant
½ December 6, 2014
Bulworth is a decent film. It is about a suicidally disillusioned liberal politician who puts a contract out on himself and takes the opportunity to be bluntly honest with his voters. Warren Beatty and Halle Berry give good performances. The screenplay is a little slow in places. Warren Beatty did an alright job directing this movie. I liked this motion picture because of the drama and humor.
October 16, 2014
It's interesting how sharply this film's ratings divide along political lines; liberals love it, and conservatives call it the worst movie ever made. As always, the truth is somewhere in between; but more than a few astute insights ("white people got more in common with colored people then they do with rich people", for example) are there for those willing to suspend their personal biases long enough to absorb them. Beatty effectively skewers the Washington political machine, which now, almost 20 years later, is even more obviously broken than it was then. Unfortunately his call to action was not heeded, and we continue to head toward hell in a hand basket at an ever-accelerating rate. On a purely cinematic level, the film is very entertaining and well worth seeing; I just wish it had had more of an impact.
Super Reviewer
½ June 27, 2014
I find it terribly fascinating that Beatty would cast himself in a role that calls for him to embarrass himself on a consistent basis. Now, some of that embarrassment is actually funny and other times its painful (all the rapping he does through much of the middle of the film was probably ill advised) but it is ultimately enduring when you step back and look at the performance as a whole. As for the the rest of the film, its really a mess but I respect the ambition on Beatty's part to make something so strange and angry. Also, while most of the film looks dated pretty much all the things it's ranting about are even bigger problems now than they were in the late 90s, so its managed to retain a relevancy that's rare for films of this kind.
½ June 19, 2014
offensively hysterical, and oddly has some good social and political points.
April 15, 2014
I loved this movie. I caught it on TV the other day and right before I knew it, it was over. I was so intrigued at what I was seeing I was lost in the movie. That is the sign of a good film. It's about a senator who lets loose and starts rapping at campaign stops, and gets involved with the hip hop community. It's awesome seeing Warren Beaty rapping. This is an early Halle Berry movie and she looked incredible. The movie has a liberal since to it. It feels fresh, creative, and just damn fun.
½ March 22, 2014
This was a really pleasant surprise!
February 21, 2014
Watching now-pretty funny so far
½ February 21, 2014
Bulworth raps the truth, raw. Great rap speech!
February 9, 2014
Written and directed by Warren Beatty, this film was made in absolute total secrecy at the time, mainly because Fox owed Beatty a film, as way of getting out of a lawsuit with Beatty because Fox dropped out of doing Dick Tracy (1990). Beatty only gave them a rough outline, and got $30 million to make his film. It's a good political satire, which focuses on what politicians which they could do, but can't because it would be career suicide for them. In 1996, liberal Senator Jay Bulworth (Beatty) is in a state of depression and is feeling suicidal. His political opinions, which won him voters in the 1960's and 1970's aren't working today, and a lot of people have turned their backs on him. He puts out a $10 million life insurance policy on his own life, and hires an unknown assassin to kill him. With nothing to lose, he appears at political rallies in California, extremely drunk and starts speaking his mind and makes offensive remarks, which reaches a head when he goes to a club, and starts rapping. This attitude actually wins favours with voters, and it's a shocking boost to Bulworth's career, he is aided by young campaigner Nina (Halle Berry), but Bulworth is fearful and mindful of when the day will come when he will be assassinated. It's a darkly funny look at fame, and how people crave it and some shun it, and what some people will do to stay in the public spotlight for as long as possible, there's no-one worse at doing that than politicians. It was also Beatty's last major film, (the debace of Town & Country (2001) aside), it's about time he made another film, as his presence has been missed from cinemas.
January 5, 2014
Pretty remarkable and memorable. Makes me miss Warren Beatty so damn much
½ October 16, 2013
Nice Soundtrack That Saves It All In Parts. Not Best Example Of Political Parody I'm Aware Of..But, This Has Some Minor Moments Of Classic Condemnation..& Politics Deserves Everything It Gets!
September 29, 2013
Can be both funny and original, especially in the beginning, but halfway in, it begins to implode.
½ September 17, 2013
Bulworth has a great premise on the surface, and the plot mirrors Warren Beatty going out on a limb to take on the challenge of this film.

Although, Bulworth isn't consistent in humour because the story becomes strong enough for viewers to embrace the character Jay Bulworth has become. Although this sounds like it benefits the film, it also proves to be certain downfall, because the story sucks the viewers in to the extent that they can no longer look at Bulworth for what is happening on the surface, which is a politician becoming a street-wise rapper all of a sudden. Instead, the viewers may find themselves embracing him like the African-American community in the film which makes him a person being taken seriously by the viewer as opposed to them finding humour in the fact that he is a straight up repetitive politician attempting to be gangsta. Basically, Bulworth takes itself very seriously and becomes more important for its drama than its comedy, and Warren Beatty's performance is practically too good. Although it succeeds in drama, it is supposed to be predominantly a comedic satire which makes it different from what the viewer should expect.

However, due to Warren Beatty's hard work as director, writer, producer and actor, Bulworth is a fairly choice success.
To see Warren Beatty in the role as a politician results in a feel of nostalgia to the work on his Epic masterpiece Reds, but to see him in the role of a rapper, a completely independent man completely out of place and attempting to build street cred, that's just utterly hilarious. It's a bold and ambitious move of Warren Beatty as an Actor, Director and Producer, with his role as Writer being the standout as he produces a very clever screenplay which he works with very well and ensures that the entire cast is made to as well.
Halle Berry in particular gives the strongest supporting performance, assisting the viewer in understanding the streetwise persona that Jay Bulworth has to develop as a character which assists Warren Beatty in doing so, and the two share a fine chemistry.
Bulworth is predominantly an entertaining success because of how it rides its eccentric plot with a fine cast, which gives it the necessary satirical edge to pass, but it also succeeds from a technical perspective.
The cinematography in Bulworth is strongly atmospheric and the production design is great, as is the costumes which instantly characterise the members of the screen, making it a film which automatically sets itself well before it dives into its demographics. It never let's this down, and its atmosphere shifts as the story develops which makes them work alongside each other and help the story to flow naturally, even though its one of the most comedically unnatural stories ever.
Frankly, Bulworth is an ambitious and bold move for Warren Beatty, and although the comedy is inconsistent, it's a clever political satire with clever humour and fine performances, making it a strong political film and strong comedy-drama.
½ August 31, 2013
Uneven political satire with flashes of brilliance.
½ August 29, 2013
This film has a unique concept: a jaded senator finds a new lease on life by being bluntly honest in system run by lies. This concept is very much like Network, and it's done really well. Bulworth himself is a well done character, and can be quite insightful (except during the part where he goes insane for a brief moment when he advocates unification through procreation). The film's hip-hop oriented soundtrack isn't bad, and it actually fits right into the plot. The acting is really good, and the film really shows Bulworth's transformation, and its impact. Overall, if you want a political film, try this one. It's very much worth it.
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