• PG-13, 1 hr. 50 min.
  • Comedy, Romance
  • Directed By:
    Ivan Reitman
    In Theaters:
    May 7, 1993 Wide
    On DVD:
    Apr 28, 1998
  • Warner Bros.
  • Dave
    2 minutes 7 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008


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Dave Reviews

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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A genial, expertly played political comedy proves that the spirit of Mr. Smith still lives.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

August 2, 2013
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
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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 Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 4/4

August 2, 2013
John Ferguson
Radio Times

[A] delightful, gentle satire on the Washington political scene.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 4/5

August 2, 2013
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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While it's sloppy and draggy in parts, Kevin Kline, in the title role, delivers an ingratiating comedic performance.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 2, 2013
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

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 Source: Philadelphia Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 2, 2013
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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.

Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

August 2, 2013
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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Kline is so polished and resourceful that he can glide his way through even the creakiest bits and make them seem fresh.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

August 2, 2013
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4.5/5

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.

Full Review Source: Film4

August 2, 2013
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

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.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor

August 2, 2013
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun

Reitman keeps coming up with bouncy new directions to take the somewhat predictable material, greatly helped by Kline's bounce.

Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: 3/4

August 2, 2013
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 2, 2013
Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
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It's a beautifully proportioned, wonderfully complete movie.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 2, 2013
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...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 Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 7/10

September 17, 2012
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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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 Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

September 7, 2011
Maria Llull
Common Sense Media

Pleasant comedy for older kids and up.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

January 2, 2011
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine

Although its politics may be shaky, this comedy still works thank to the charm of Kline and an excellent supporting cast.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

February 2, 2009

TV Guide's Movie Guide

The result is the funniest, savviest political comedy to come our way in some time.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 2, 2009
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

February 2, 2009
Michael Dequina

| Original Score: 4/5

January 1, 2007
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