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Critic Reviews for Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (2)

  • I won't spoil the suspense for those of you who weren't paying attention at the time.

    January 16, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Mr. Smith captures ground-level political machinations in an utterly fascinating way. The question raised by the title makes for an interesting, if possibly disheartening, debate.

    February 1, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore? is an amusing case study in youthful enthusiasm for the electoral process, but this modest documentary skips the weighty issues posed by its namesake, the Frank Capra 1939 drama.

    December 22, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • [Director Frank] Popper sticks close to the fierce campaigner and his young, mostly inexperienced staffers, capturing all the energy, idealism, dour humor, and unreasoning hope of a Cinderella candidacy.

    December 22, 2006 | Full Review…
  • The movie is breezy, fun and keeps comin' at ya. Politics needs more of this and less of what went on in Ohio.

    December 21, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • A rousing, sometimes funny, frequently depressing documentary.

    November 3, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?

  • Apr 16, 2013
    Just like its subject, not everything goes right all the time for Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore, but the film is ultimately a fascinating, eye-opening portrait of an everyman's grab for a US Congressional seat.
    Isaac H Super Reviewer
  • Apr 21, 2010
    [font=Century Gothic]"Can Mr. Smith Get to Washington Anymore?" is a perceptive documentary about Jeff Smith, a 29-year old professor, community activist and neophyte politician who is running for Congress in Missouri's Third District comprising St. Louis and environs. There are nine other Democrats running in the primary with the odds on favorite being Russ Carnahan, if only because he is a scion of a Missouri political dynasty. To combat this, Smith heads a valiant campaign staffed with non-professionals and hard working volunteers.[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]What the film is generally concerned with is the status quo as personified by political dynasties. And the best way to combat that is good old fashioned shoe leather, for which there is no substitute. The movie refutes the electability myth which is supporting a candidate only because he can win, not because he is the best candidate. [/font]
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 21, 2008
    An underfunded documentary about how sponsership really takes a large hand in politics.
    Spencer S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 23, 2007
    A heartening look into the grassroots campaign trail, and dynastic and unbreakable incumbency politics in the United States. Can actual people prevail over polls and politics?
    Daniel H Super Reviewer

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