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Game Change Reviews

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Alec MacGillis
The New Republic
August 6, 2012
Try as the filmmakers might, it just isn't the same. How could it be, really?
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Liz Smith
Chicago Tribune
August 6, 2012
Actress Moore makes one actually feel sorry for Sarah Palin at points in this wonderful film.
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 6, 2012
The dramatic re-creations are somewhat uneven: The convention staging is quite convincing, the campaign trail less so.
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Alex Pareene
Salon.com
August 6, 2012
The constant use of actual news footage adds a bit of verisimilitude but also constantly raises the question of why this lightly fictionalized version of the election actually needs to exist.
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Brian Dickerson
Detroit Free Press
August 6, 2012
Game Change, which explores how smart people make dumb decisions, is a movie for all of us.
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Linda Stasi
New York Post
August 6, 2012
The movie is more balanced than I expected.
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James Poniewozik
TIME Magazine
August 3, 2012
It all feels like piling on - the campaign movie as blooper reel.
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Nancy DeWolf Smith
Wall Street Journal
August 3, 2012
The theme of women who are unobjectionable (and even sexy) until they have real power, at which point they are labeled mentally unstable and must be shut down, isn't new.
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David Hinckley
New York Daily News
August 3, 2012
It takes a story whose outline we know and uses backstage access to turn it into a well-paced drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 3, 2012
The movie is so smart and ethical that I wish it were better.
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Brian Lowry
Variety
August 3, 2012
Beyond the campaign, the movie yields sobering observations about the legitimacy of cable news, modern political extremism and the shrillest voices influencing the Republican Party.
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Hank Stuever
Washington Post
August 3, 2012
Game Change comes too soon and too raw, smack in the middle of another ugly political season.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
August 3, 2012
The film does little but provide the real Palin with more grist for her endless media-persecution narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Mary McNamara
Los Angeles Times
August 3, 2012
The overall atmosphere of the film is surprisingly kind to all.
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Robert Bianco
USA Today
August 3, 2012
Pleasure, you may get out of Game Change. Truth will be in the eye of the beholder.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tim Goodman
Hollywood Reporter
August 3, 2012
It's a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at politics - as long as you're a Democrat.
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Alessandra Stanley
New York Times
August 3, 2012
This is a sharp-edged but not unsympathetic portrait of a flawed heroine.
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Sarah Rodman
Boston Globe
August 3, 2012
A compelling, sometimes funny, sometimes poignant dramatization of the behind-the-scenes machinations of the Republican side of the 2008 presidential campaign that is unlikely to sway already entrenched opinions on both sides.
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Joanne Ostrow
Denver Post
August 3, 2012
While Moore's performance is riveting, the most insightful aspects of the tale are the insider reactions.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 3, 2012
Seeing Game Change is like living again through the campaign of 2008.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Ken Tucker
Entertainment Weekly
August 3, 2012
Game Change does stress a theme that applies to both sides of the aisle.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Ed Bark
Uncle Barky
August 3, 2012
As an entertaining, briskly paced political yarn, it's right up there with HBO's Emmy-winning Recount.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Verne Gay
Newsday
August 3, 2012
A luminous and fully alive portrait by a first-rate actress.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle
August 3, 2012
Game Change is graced by three extraordinary performances in the leading roles, beginning with Moore's portrayal of Palin, which is both complex and entirely credible.