Our Brand is Crisis (2015)


Critic Consensus: Our Brand Is Crisis offers sporadic amusement and benefits from a talented cast, but ultimately lacks enough of a bite to add much of interest to the political satire genre.


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Sandra Bullock stars in this political comedy drama from Warner Bros. and director David Gordon Green, and inspired by the 2005 documentary of the same name, an expose of a bungled American election campaign in South America. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Zoe Kazan
as LeBlanc
Luis Chavez
as Abraham
Azucena Diaz
as Claudia – Talk Show Host
Nina Leon
as Rivera Reporter
Luis Usey
as Rivera Reporter
Luis Carlos Guevara
as Focus Group Moderator
Olga Gamboa
as Focus Group Moderator
Edgar Arreola
as Demonstration Chant Leader
Carmela Zumbado
as Female American Reporter
Casiano Ancalle
as Campesino Leader
Eric Suriano
as Senior Staff – Flak Catcher
Ruth Pineda
as Castillo Spot Girl
Martina Griffin
as Castillo Spot Mother
Esterlina Garcia
as Senior Staff Translator
Daniel Rildo Sanchez
as Rally Speaker
Tilda Del Toro
as Presidential Secretary
Stuart M. Besser
as US Ambassador
Arian Juarez
as Talk Show Tap Dancer
Fernandez Osvaldo
as Jail Policeman
Carlos Rodríguez
as TV Presenter
Mariana Alvarez
as TV Presenter
Gonzalo Inchausty
as Focus Group Member
Fabiola M. Revilla
as Focus Group Member
Axel Landivar
as Focus Group Member
Ricardo Vargas
as Campaign Worker
Pedro Ivan Bonilla Vazquez
as Demonstration Speaker
Nair Kuzmik
as Assistant Camerawoman
Dan Hewitt Owens
as American IMF Man
Eric Tyrone Smith
as American IMF Man
Adam Fiorentino
as IMF Representative
Mary Kim Hoang
as Spanish Sign Language Interpreter
Martha Aldrich
as Female Assistant (Llama owner)
Washington Debrito
as Castillo Senior Staff
Eduardo Morales
as Lautaro Mendez
Erick Chavarria
as Devil Mask Man
Harry Van Gorkum
as Interviewer (Main title sequence)
Jason Oliver
as Sound Recordist
Mickey Giacomazzi
as Stunt Coordinator
Luis Raul Alcocer
as Stunt Coordinator
Eddie J. Fernandez
as Stunt Coordinator
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All Critics (162) | Top Critics (39)

There's nothing new about the political smoke-and-mirrors; the Bullock/Thornton relationship fails to convince, and the inevitable idealistic resolution feels unsatisfying and unearned.

Jan 21, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Our Brand Is Crisis is the kind of movie that offers a look at a great antiheroine, but doesn't trust that she doesn't need to be tamed.

Nov 9, 2015 | Full Review…

Our Brand is Crisis hits a lot of clunky notes and the end is unforgivably cornball, but it's still one of the liveliest political black comedies I've seen in a while.

Oct 30, 2015 | Full Review…

The movie is funny enough to get its share of laughs but, in its angry heart, it's a tragedy - and the saddest part is that too much of this story is true.

Oct 30, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's the first time I've watched a David Gordon Green movie and found myself wishing I was in the capable hands of a set-'em-up-knock-'em-down director like Jay Roach.

Oct 30, 2015 | Full Review…

Much of what the film considers fodder for satire is too familiar to feel revelatory or shocking, while characters that start out believable behave in unrecognizably ludicrous ways simply because the script forces them to.

Oct 30, 2015 | Full Review…
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Entertaining and provocative, Our Brand Is Crisis is a satirical political drama. The story follows a political strategist who's recruited to help the campaign of a Bolivian presidential candidate, and decides that in order to win they'll have to convince the people that the country is in a crisis. Featuring Sandra Bullock, Joaquim de Almeida, Billy Bob Thornton, and Zoe Kazan, the film has an impressive cast. And, the writing does a pretty good job at avoiding specific issues, focusing instead on political campaigning in general. However, the plot takes a strange turn at the end, suddenly becoming serious and moralistic. It's a little unfocused and has some storytelling issues, but Our Brand Is Crisis is still an interesting and enjoyable film.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

This film was such a mixed bag I didn't even notice that it was clearly a white savior narrative. Between the shoddy humor, the weird performance from Billy Bob Thornton, and the strange ethical and moral implications of Jane's (Bullock) involvement, this is a strange mélange of weird. The story follows a disgraced prior campaign advisor who starts working against a former opponent on a campaign in Bolivia. The film's plot follows her involvement in a former president's bid for re-election. From the premise you would think this was a film about a political candidate changing his mind on big issues, and becoming a true leader. Instead the film isn't exactly sure what tone, or message, it wants to leave audiences with. It doesn't know if it wants to be a comedy, drama, or biopic. I'm sure the 2005 documentary this is based off of is much better and less concerned with being preachy. The ending is where the white savior narrative comes into play, and the film is very unsure how she even is one. A white outsider coming in, especially into Bolivia which is anti-American and has been controlled by foreign interests for decades, would not experience a huge amount of success. Overall this is a mixed film that doesn't entertain except when Bullock is being inflammatory and angry in the best way.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

On the surface a lighthearted, even sitcom styled, look at political campaigning. But that most of the levity is based on truth adds a sad insight into our world at large that makes for unusually important filmmaking. The effort tries to bravely smile at that unbearable sadness but cannot. Like Cassandra of old here is truth that no one will listen to. Bullock and Thornton play two sides of the same coin well enough to lean this nearly into a romance, but what a sick romance it is.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

A Sandra Bullock vehicle that goes into Crisis mode thanks to heavy-handedness and a slipshod presentation, this political drama based on a powerful documentary somehow dilutes the message and sadly amounts to Brand X...as in generic. In the first act, Bullock grandstands with a rousing speech meant to boost us to our feet but it falls on deaf ears because you're being spoon-fed so forcefully that you feel like you smartly boycotted the film via a starvation protest. Oh, there are humorous moments where the dialogue comes close to hitting a bullseye in this intended dark comedy, but the success for such expert marksmanship goes to the ace cast, not the screenwriters or director. Notice the word "intended." The film wants badly to chart in this sub-genre like such cynical political gems Bulworth and Thank You for Smoking. Our Brand is Crisis, however, tries pulling at both heartstrings and laugh-lines like the audience was composed of marionettes, but it all ends up a tangled mess. In truth, it's more of a dramedy and much of the drama cancels out much of the comedy in this equation. Normally, this proves troubling for the end message, but the curtain closer here does enough damage on its own. Too on-the-nose and saccharine, it simply lacks much punch at all. In this R-rated dramedy based on the 2005 documentary of the same name, an American adviser (Bullock) who's well-versed in successful political campaigns gets sent to the war-torn lands of South America to help install a new leader but is threatened to be thwarted by a long-term rival (Thorton). David Gordon Green started his career helming more critically acclaimed hard-hitting fare (George Washington, All the Real Girls, Undertow, Snow Angels) before turning his attention to some popular comedies (Pineapple Express, HBO's Eastbound & Down). Lately, however, his handling of both comedies (Your Highness, The Sitter) and drama (Manglehorn) has done a disservice to both ends of the spectrum. His mixing of both genres in Our Brand is Crisis meets the same disappointing end, hitting audiences between the nose with middling material. Bottom line: Thank You for Smoking and Burning

Jeff Boam
Jeff Boam

Super Reviewer

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