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David Fear
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Leo Goldsmith
indieWIRE
August 8, 2009
Even an offhand debate between a few students late in the film about whether or not Bush is a "retard," while not exactly insightful, nonetheless portrays a student body for whom politics%u2014or at least arguing about it%u2014is essential.
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Reyhan Harmanci
San Francisco Chronicle
October 24, 2008
The film sets just the right tone: with inventive music choices and wonderfully piquant moments plucked from what must have been hundreds of hours of footage, Frontrunners is consistently entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
October 24, 2008
Perhaps it's the bright, decent, appealing kids seen here, or just the idyllic portrait Suh paints of student life at Manhattan's prestigious Stuyvesant High School that gives the picture its charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 24, 2008
The kids now know how to play the game of college admissions, but they seem more jaded by their knowledge than entitled to success. And their exasperation with the process, their peers, and themselves is endlessly, illuminatingly watchable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 23, 2008
Sure, it's a skewed view through adolescent eyes, but it's one that still speaks to the aspirations, agendas, image-making and spin control behind a real, grown-up political election.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mark Bell
Film Threat
October 21, 2008
This film couldn't come out in a better time, in a better year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
October 17, 2008
The student election plays out as a microcosm of the race for the Oval Office.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 17, 2008
These candidates work hard and play fair, and when they screw up or slack off, they accept the consequences without complaint. Simply because, they believe, that's the way things should be done.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
October 17, 2008
what makes the movie fascinating is the particulars of the campaigns, from the way the candidates consider how to choose a running mate that will appeal to the right cliques, to how a win would improve their chances to get into a top college.
| Original Score: B
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
October 17, 2008
Suh reassures us that democracy is alive and well (dispelling the myth of the apathetic young voter), while making us pause to consider the kind of people who emerge from the system.
Paul Brenner
Filmcritic.com
October 17, 2008
an ebullient celebration of the arcane democratic impulse in this country
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
October 17, 2008
A simply-made yet entertaining doc that has a similar appeal as Alexander Payne's Election while following in the vein of docs like American Teen and Spellbound.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com
October 16, 2008
If you're looking for meaningful parallels with the current monumental election don't bother, but it's hard not to enjoy a movie where the primary pundit sports a Flava Flav t-shirt.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
October 16, 2008
Ultimately, pic's fascination lies with the personalities and strategies of the candidates themselves.
Armond White
New York Press
October 15, 2008
Frontrunners is a perfect antidote to the current overly staged presidential election spectacle. It shames the dishonest teen portrait of the recent doc American Teen.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 15, 2008
These politicians may be teens, but they grapple with constituencies, campaign strategies, and demands on their time with a spirit and seriousness of purpose suitable for the highest office in the land.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
October 15, 2008
Tactfully [keeps] away from actual policy details and emotionally sticky stuff, cutting for punchlines, and overlaying campaigning montages with a playlist shuffle of kazoo-whimsical indie feyness.
James Verniere
Boston Herald
October 15, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 13, 2008
The film is clearly intended as a microcosm of the US presidential elections, although the students' cutthroat tactics are bush-league in comparison.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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