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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 2, 2009
An overall mood of sweetness may help one to forgive the archaic and childish aspects of the would-be analysis, which splits everyone between angels and devils.
Emanuel Levy
June 10, 2006
Borrowing its premise from Capra, Reitman could have been titled his comedy, "Mr. Dave Goes to Washington," with Kevin Kline playing a Cooper-Stewart role, an ordinary man who becomes extraordinary due to a combo of circumstances and personality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Garrett
Time Out
January 26, 2006
A buoyant comedy in the Capra tradition.
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
April 30, 2005
Solid "imposter" film with Kline tailor-made as a presidential look-alike getting the chance to play the White House.
| Original Score: 4/5
Widgett Walls
December 16, 2004
A naive political nightmare masquerading as a likable feel-good flick. But it's okay, I can deal.
| Original Score: 4/5
Michael H. Price
Fort Worth Business Press
December 8, 2004
Darned near the Second Coming of Capra in Reitman's account of common decency under siege by political treacheries.
| Original Score: 4/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
November 12, 2004
Thoroughly winning political comedy
| Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
February 11, 2004
Arrant nonsense mixed with goo.
| Original Score: 2/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 12, 2003
This film is a delightful social fable which celebrates the Good Samaritan idealism of an ordinary citizen who actually makes a difference in Washington
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
In spite of this sogginess, and despite a self-congratulatory, do-gooder streak that the film discovers within Dave, this comedy remains bright and buoyant much of the way through.
| Original Score: 3/5
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
April 30, 2003
Very entertaining! Stupid entertainment, sure, but it's a lot of fun!
| Original Score: 4/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 23, 2003
Reitman has just the right touch in this film about a presidential impersonator who enjoys an extended stay in the White House and develops an appreciation for politics.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
November 24, 2002
Charming comedy.
| Original Score: 4/5
Clint Morris
September 19, 2002
Nothing but entertaining - a sheer delight from beginning to end. Kline is a marvel.
| Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
July 25, 2002
An excellent old-fashioned political comedy. Kevin Kline is just flawless.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Stephen Farber
January 9, 2002
Capraesque without being cloying.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
[Mixes] comedy and corn with surprising savvy.
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Brian Lowry
February 13, 2001
A delightful, buoyant new take on an old theme.
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
A highly-enjoyable, fresh, and energetic motion picture that even the most hard-bitten cynic will be hard-pressed to condemn.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Wonderful lighthearted entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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