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Knife Fight Reviews

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Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
February 23, 2013
A fun, tack-sharp political drama with satirical underpinnings, buoyed by crisp characterizations.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
January 31, 2013
It could have been an incisive counterpoint to a film like "The Ides of March." Instead, it's a forgettable series of bullet points barely strung together by charismatic performances.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Nathalie Atkinson
National Post
January 25, 2013
For all the knowing monologues mentioning tax breaks for the rich and diet drinks for the poor, Knife Fight feels squeaky-clean -- a remedial spin class that tells more than it shows.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
January 25, 2013
Lowe's Paul is slimy, but, lo and behold, we are supposed to believe that he smells like a rose. He really wants to make the world a better place. His sentiments may be genuine but they come across as a con.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
David Noh
Film Journal International
January 25, 2013
Smart, brisk political satire, so smoothly done and performed that it overrides certain weaknesses and a climactic sentimental face change.
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
January 25, 2013
Another clichéd story of a cynic who gets in touch with his inner idealist..Movies like this give political satire a bad name.
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
January 25, 2013
Meanders aimlessly around too-familiar territory.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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John Barber
Globe and Mail
January 25, 2013
An improbable fantasy in which the people who make political advertising emerge as chisel-jawed heroes of democracy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 24, 2013
Whether playing it sleazy or noble, Mr. Lowe brings little emotional weight to his role.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
January 24, 2013
[An] underwhelming, would-be political satire.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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January 24, 2013
Soulless and two-dimensional, Knife Fight is a black hole of disillusion and spin.
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
January 24, 2013
U.S. politics provides more than ample fodder for sharply observed satire. Someone needs to tell Guttentag that requires a scalpel, not a dull-edged butter knife.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
January 24, 2013
Though everyone's intentions seem honorable, this limp political satire overshoots its targets almost every time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
January 24, 2013
A mixed bag, offering a few winning performances and moments of revelation, while the rest scatters aimlessly, in search of structure director Bill Guttentag doesn't provide.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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David Fear
Time Out
January 23, 2013
Everyone from Eric McCormack's caricature of a Southern candidate to Julie Bowen's celebrity newscaster are simply straw men for writer-director Bill Guttentag's argument that elections are a dirty business ...
| Original Score: 1/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
January 23, 2013
With so many characters and so many issues, Knife Fight seems overlong, but it's still above and beyond most movies that try to puncture the balloons of political hypocrisy. The writing is sometimes awkward, but the actors are uniformly convincing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nick McCarthy
Slant Magazine
January 22, 2013
Bill Guttentag exaggerates the absurd lengths advisors go to win an election and yet ultimately aggrandizes their behavior.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
January 10, 2013
Cynical and savvy, it's a small film with a big message about the ends justifying the means.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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