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The Candidate Reviews

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February 12, 2018
Neither the authentic political atmosphere nor canny performances by Redford, Boyle and Porter go far to cut through the basic glibness of the film.
February 12, 2018
With Redford giving one of his best comedic performances, helped by a Oscar winning script, The Candidate is witty and charming, while looking good and proving quite memorable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 12, 2018
Robert Redford's engaging performance here breathes fresh life into the all-power-corrupts theme, and the sharply observed situations won an Oscar for scriptwriter Jeremy Larner.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 12, 2018
[The Candidate] is the best film about American electioneering politics since The President's Analyst.
February 12, 2018
The result is a fascinating film that sometimes feels like a documentary. Despite minor glitches, this is a prophetic glimpse of politics in the age of TV.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 12, 2018
Much of it has a pleasing air of accuracy. But Redford's inability to suggest any irony about himself finally sinks it -- it's the only sanctimonious satire you'll ever see.
January 14, 2013
Redford fancies himself so superior to the electoral process that he ends up with a completely fatuous characterization of a politician.
June 3, 2008
Redford's superior acting talents, which not-often-enough are tapped by the scripts he decides to do, are nearly all on display herein in a virtuoso peformance.
February 12, 2007
Good early intro to the political machinery behind the candidates, where the emphasis is clearly only focused on winning
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 17, 2007
The first and arguably the sharpest expose of the new media-determined American political process, The Candidate offers producer-star Redford one of his strongest dramatic roles; Michael Ritchei's 1972 cautionary tale became prophetic in its message
Full Review | Original Score: A-
June 24, 2006
Ritchie and Redford's follow-up to Downhill Racer is one of the more intelligent films to have been made about political machinations in America.
May 9, 2005
One of the few good, truly funny American political comedies ever made.
April 20, 2004
Much like Network, this satire on an American institution continues to gain relevance instead of lose it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
February 13, 2002
Reveals the hollow center of a campaign manipulated by media mercenaries and political Machiavellis who value victory over integrity and substantive moral issues.
January 1, 2000
This Hollywood film has passed the test of time and is still a good watch, especially, during an election year.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 1, 2008
| Original Score: 3/5
October 12, 2007
| Original Score: 4/5
June 17, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
October 6, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
September 21, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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