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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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+
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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.
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Stephen Garrett
Time Out
January 26, 2006
A buoyant comedy in the Capra tradition.
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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
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
[Mixes] comedy and corn with surprising savvy.
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Brian Lowry
Variety
February 13, 2001
A delightful, buoyant new take on an old theme.
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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
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Offers feel-good guffaws.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Will hit the warm, gushy spot for a lot of people.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Wonderful lighthearted entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4