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Election Reviews

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Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Production, set, costume and photography all help give the film a crisp look, capturing the inherent mid-western feel provided by the Omaha, Nebraska locale.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Dragan Antulov
Draxblog Movie Reviews
March 16, 2005
Those who watch this film now are going to experience it as a more powerful socio-political commentary than the audiences in 1999.
Full Review| Original Score: 7/10
Brian Mckay
March 21, 2003
A sordid and savory dark comedy. Broderick is the flipside of his Ferris Beuller persona. Reese Witherspoon captures so perky you could strangle her to perfection.
| Original Score: 4/5
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
Fun and funny, but a bit rude at times.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
January 7, 2003
Blends deft human observation, solidly realized characters and a few slightly domesticated moments of shock humor [to create] a comedy as rich and winning as it is offbeat.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
The movie hits its keenest edge as a portrait of self-delusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
An extremely sharp, multi-layered and inspired satire.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
September 6, 2002
Payne could emerge as a Mark Twain of the cinema, gleefully pricking America's complacent sense of morality.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/4
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
August 21, 2002
One of the best-made comedies this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 2, 2002
A subversive, wickedly funny film.
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 3, 2002
Election features a career-best performance from Witherspoon.
| Original Score: B-
Geoffrey Macnab
Sight and Sound
March 5, 2002
The humour may be vicious, but there's also a strong vein of pathos running through the film.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 4, 2002
A full-fledged critique of the moral emptiness of the archetypal ugly American - those driven, self-righteous go-getters who hurt other people.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 28, 2002
It dragged me, kicking and screaming, back to high school.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
June 15, 2001
Election is a funny, smart movie ... I don't think I can do a movie justice without you, Readers, taking that leap of faith & checking it out yourself.
Full Review| Original Score: 5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
A subtle and complex satire, not only about high school, but about our national character and the current state of democracy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 14, 2001
Everything about Election is as mediocre, middle-of-the-road, and bland as its topic.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 1, 2001
This is a very funny film, one of the best of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Top Critic
Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
The screenplay, by Payne and Jim Taylor, delights!
| Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
A quartet of solid performances only adds to the movie's strength.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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