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Election Reviews

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David N. Butterworth
January 1, 2000
Payne understands satire and possesses an innate ability to go for the jugular but sometimes his deft and subcutaneous touch is too uncomfortable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
The film never finds a confident tone.
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
January 1, 2000
Exposes the dullards who praise it as the very suckers who promote the divisions among people under the pretense of virtuous, moral insight.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Christine James
Boxoffice Magazine
January 1, 2000
This is one Election that could have used fixing.
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
January 1, 2000
I felt uncomfortable for nearly the duration of this tremendously well put together piece.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Brandon
TNT's Rough Cut
January 1, 2000
The story rarely elicits laughter.
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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
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.

February 14, 2001
Everything about Election is as mediocre, middle-of-the-road, and bland as its topic.
Kelly Kessler
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Dark high school comedy is best for older teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jason Zingale
May 3, 1999
As Tracy Flick, Witherspoon perfectly tows the line between cute and irritating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Reese Witherspoon hits her full stride in Election!
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
A quartet of solid performances only adds to the movie's strength.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Kevin Lally
Film Journal International
January 1, 2000
Appealingly eccentric.
Scott Weinberg
January 1, 2000
Too smart for mass appeal. One of this year's best.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
Reese Witherspoon may well find that this is a defining role in her early career.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Rob Gonsalves
July 30, 2007
The script, based on a Tom Perrotta novel, is tight and elegant.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Kudos to Payne and Taylor for their courage, balance, and humor.
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Alarmingly insightful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 1, 2000
Reese Witherspoon in a performance that could become legendary!
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