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Election Reviews

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March 2, 2018
The comedy may not resonate as deeply as the well-named Payne intends, but between Witherspoon's exuberant solipsism and Broderick's talent for absorbing massive humiliation, the chuckles keep coming like poisoned darts.
February 9, 2018
The lack of emotion and seriousness with which some of his characters behave is surprisingly amusing. It's like Wes Anderson without the twee set designs and world-building.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
June 16, 2016
Alexander Payne's wicked satire of power and (social) politics set in the overheated incubator of a high school student body election is as sharp and perceptive now as it was in 1999.
December 17, 2011
Payne and Taylor are equal opportunity satirists and their sly wit dismantles everything from high school culture to suburban complacency.
August 17, 2011
This clever, biting high-school satire is arguably Alexander Payne's most original and accomplished film (and so far he has made only good pictures).
Full Review | Original Score: A
January 2, 2011
Dark high school comedy is best for older teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 24, 2010
Surprise! An intelligent, well-written high school story that offers some real ideas to chew on, rather than simply wallowing in nubile flesh.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 24, 2010
The treatment of this touchy material is impressive, neither gratuitous nor mincing, but this 1999 satirical comedy doesn't really go anywhere.
August 24, 2010
An instant classic, Alexander Payne's 1999 high school comedy seems even more scathing now that we're losing control of our own election machinery.
August 24, 2010
Election at first has the feel of a simple work. But don't let that fool you; it's a complex, deep tale.
February 3, 2009
Took the sleaze of the teen comedy and spun it into something that's both hugely entertaining and extremely insightful.
January 21, 2009
A funny and horrifying allegory of American politics and adult society, as seen through the prism--or shall we say "prison"?--that is secondary education. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 15, 2009
Maybe its only real fault is that it's a little too close to the truth to be as funny as it could be.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
August 7, 2008
[A] wicked, carnal comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 25, 2007
You've got to laugh at Witherspoon's tightly wound Little Miss Perfect, rising at dawn to do her hair and encase herself in a preppy look before baking cupcakes to pass out at school as vote-getters in her campaign for student council president.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 30, 2007
The script, based on a Tom Perrotta novel, is tight and elegant.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
July 14, 2007
Alarmingly insightful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 23, 2006
...a surprisingly compelling piece of work..
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 26, 2006
Kudos to Payne and Taylor for their courage, balance, and humor.
February 18, 2006
A dark, insidiously funny satire on the self-involved ways otherwise rational people can allow narrow personal agendas to lead them astray to the point of self-destruction.
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