Election Reviews

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March 3, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Top Critic
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.
May 18, 2005
A sharp, funny, bracingly on-the-money high school satire.
Top Critic
March 19, 2002
January 1, 2000
Fresh, fast, funny and full of insight!
January 1, 2000
What is it about high-school overachievers that gets the goat of movie directors these days?
January 1, 2000
A high school comedy with an unusual perspective and much to offer people who like to think while they laugh.
January 1, 2000
Election is a bracingly intelligent adult comedy that shrewdly captures adolescence.
January 1, 2000
So blackly funny it hurts!
January 1, 2000
The screenplay, by Payne and Jim Taylor, delights!
January 1, 2000
It showed promise and considerable competence.
January 1, 2000
The film never finds a confident tone.
January 1, 2000
One of the funniest, shrewdest, smartest movies in recent memory!
January 1, 2000
Reese Witherspoon is proving to be one of the most versatile actresses of her generation.
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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