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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
August 2, 2013
A genial, expertly played political comedy proves that the spirit of Mr. Smith still lives.
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
August 2, 2013
It's impossible to say whether Dave will play as wonderfully over the decades as it does right now, but this smooth-as-silk comedy could not be more timely, or connect more hopefully with our current national consciousness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
John Ferguson
Radio Times
August 2, 2013
[A] delightful, gentle satire on the Washington political scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 2, 2013
While it's sloppy and draggy in parts, Kevin Kline, in the title role, delivers an ingratiating comedic performance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
August 2, 2013
Dave isn't too careful about filling plot holes. It does a pretty fair job, however, of making jokes at the expense of the D.C. political scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Leah Rozen
People Magazine
August 2, 2013
As Kline begins to take his presidential duties seriously, the comedy seeps out, a listless civic-mindedness drifts in like fog off the Potomac.
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
August 2, 2013
Despite the familiar echoes, the film works more often than it should. Without the charming Kevin Kline in two roles, plot problems would yawn like sinkholes.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
August 2, 2013
Kline is so polished and resourceful that he can glide his way through even the creakiest bits and make them seem fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 2, 2013
Though replete with amusing situations and clever lines, its strongest suit is the delicately pitched comic performances of its actors, most especially star Kevin Kline.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker
August 2, 2013
After the promisingly nasty beginning, the filmmakers settle into a sort of campaign mode, lulling and flattering the audience with a fairy-tale vision of the common man's victory over the Washington establishment.

Film4
August 2, 2013
Despite its predictability this is one of director Reitman's best films, a gentle satire which provides Kline with one of his most likeable characters.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
August 2, 2013
Kline gives a tremendously likable performance as the ersatz president, and Sigourney Weaver brings charm and elegance to the role of First Lady who's as ignorant of the switcheroo as the rest of the country.
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
August 2, 2013
Reitman keeps coming up with bouncy new directions to take the somewhat predictable material, greatly helped by Kline's bounce.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
August 2, 2013
Dave has been directed by Ivan Reitman in a refreshingly restrained fashion -- there are plenty of quiet passages, rare for American movies these days -- which compliments Kevin Kline's wonderful work as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
August 2, 2013
It's a beautifully proportioned, wonderfully complete movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
September 17, 2012
...an affable, good-natured comedy, thanks to its stars and director, who never push it too far beyond gentle political and social satire and light romance.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
For all its modest charm, Dave is a true throwback to the Capra days, a political comedy just cockeyed enough to triumph over cynicism.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Maria Llull
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Pleasant comedy for older kids and up.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
February 2, 2009
Although its politics may be shaky, this comedy still works thank to the charm of Kline and an excellent supporting cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

TV Guide
February 2, 2009
The result is the funniest, savviest political comedy to come our way in some time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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