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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.
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.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
February 11, 2004
Arrant nonsense mixed with goo.
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
Maria Llull
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Pleasant comedy for older kids and up.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
November 24, 2002
Charming comedy.
| Original Score: 4/5
John Ferguson
Radio Times
August 2, 2013
[A] delightful, gentle satire on the Washington political scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 25, 2002
An excellent old-fashioned political comedy. Kevin Kline is just flawless.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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
Clint Morris
Moviehole
September 19, 2002
Nothing but entertaining - a sheer delight from beginning to end. Kline is a marvel.
| Original Score: 3/5
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Fun and well-made.
Full Review | Original Score: high +1 out of -4..+4
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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.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
October 11, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
September 2, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
January 20, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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
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