Caucus (2013)

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For the past 40 years, the race for the American Presidency has begun in the state of Iowa, where candidates spend months traveling the state's 99 counties hoping to win its "first-in-the-nation" vote and prove themselves a viable candidate. In intimate, often funny and sometimes emotional detail, CAUCUS tells the story of the 2011-2012 campaign in Iowa as eight Republicans fight to become their party's standard-bearer and take on Barack Obama. But to win, each has to first navigate state fairs, town hall meetings in pizza halls and agitated questions from the increasingly contentious GOP base.(c) Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Caucus

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

Caucus makes a return trip to Iowa a welcome journey.

Dec 2, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Schnack's observational approach studiously avoids editorializing, allowing the words and actions captured by the cameras to speak for themselves.

Nov 7, 2013 | Full Review…

This gripping and grotesque portrait of retail politics in the Hawkeye State, entirely free of editorial commentary, locates truths about the contemporary Republican Party and our flawed electoral system that a more tendentious account never could.

Nov 7, 2013 | Full Review…

While not quite apolitical, Mr. Schnack's wry film takes no partisan stance and is instead more focused on personalities than on the process.

Nov 7, 2013 | Full Review…

Perfectly captures the chaos of the caucus circus while delivering a different kind of political campaign doc, from the crowd rather than the candidate(s)' bus or war room.

May 30, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Caucus allows moviegoers to tag along, like a silent observer forbidden from asking questions, in the run-up to the Iowa Caucus in January 2012.

Dec 6, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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It's fascinating to see these guys in their "off camera" personas suddenly put forward their artificial selves in front of live and taped audiences. They essentially are saying the same thing but are desperate to sell themselves as different. It allows the view to judge and support or condemn their actions.

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