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Election Reviews

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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.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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.
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Ted Anthony
Associated Press
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.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
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
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Derek Elley
Variety
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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Time Out
January 26, 2006
This remarkable film may be set in high school, but its satiric take on moral corruption, political chicanery, adultery and seduction is anything but juvenile.
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Globe and Mail
March 19, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
The screenplay, by Payne and Jim Taylor, delights!
| Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 1, 2000
What is it about high-school overachievers that gets the goat of movie directors these days?
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Arizona Republic
January 1, 2000
A high school comedy with an unusual perspective and much to offer people who like to think while they laugh.
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Henry Cabot Beck
Film.com
January 1, 2000
It showed promise and considerable competence.
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John Anderson
Newsday
January 1, 2000
So blackly funny it hurts!
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
A black comedy that takes off in unexpected directions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ernest Hardy
Film.com
January 1, 2000
One of the funniest, shrewdest, smartest movies in recent memory!
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The satire of the season, a hilarious, razor-sharp indictment of the American Dream!
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
The film never finds a confident tone.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
Cool!
Full Review | Original Score: A
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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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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
January 1, 2000
Election is a bracingly intelligent adult comedy that shrewdly captures adolescence.
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January 1, 2000
A tart study in teacher-student relations, adolescent pecking orders and the nasty vicissitudes of living in a world of haves and have-nots.
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January 1, 2000
Reese Witherspoon is proving to be one of the most versatile actresses of her generation.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
Fresh, fast, funny and full of insight!
| Original Score: 3/4