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Primary Colors Reviews

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Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
December 15, 2010
Well-acted drama full of Clinton-era jabs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michael Dequina
March 30, 2009
A savvy and thought-provoking look at the nature of contemporary American politics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jon Popick
January 7, 2009
Travolta is amazingly Clintonesque as Stanton, a role that I never believed he could pull off.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 3, 2008
The film owes a few doggie bones to "Wag the Dog," which came first in pointing out what Primary Colors only seconds.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Rob Gonsalves
September 22, 2007
Primary Colors successfully straddles the line between comedy and tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Gary Brown
Houston Community Newspapers
August 13, 2007
Primary Colors becomes a political morality play, and quite frankly, its mechanics cause it to crawl in across the finish line.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
As satire, it's toothless and indulgent; as drama of conscience, it's not a patch on real life...
Chris Gore
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
It used to be that we had to wait 20 years for the fictionalization of history -- now that gap seems to have closed to less than five years. Kinda sad. But also kinda entertaining!
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
John Travolta has himself a good deal of fun with his take-off on President Clinton.
Full Review | Original Score: B
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
July 31, 2003
an alarmingly topical comedy-drama that dredges up far more issues than it can address in its two-and-a-half hours. But give Nichols, writer Elaine May and everyone else an 'A' for effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
John Travolta continues to establish himself as one of the best actors of the younger generation, and this may be his best job yet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Mike Nichols and screenwriter Elaine May have produced one of the smartest, funniest political movies of the past 20 years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
The film asks if it matters if a man's got a questionable personal life if he's good at his job, and God knows this is a relevant question.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 31, 2002
...hardly important but well-made and ultimately life-affirming
Full Review| Original Score: B
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
June 18, 2002
Like the politicians it criticizes, the film loses sight of its ideals.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 2, 2002
In this brilliant and incisive drama, the filmmakers reveal the shadow sides of American politics.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
The book was explicit in its indictment of Clinton (or his clone or whatever), but the movie, while keeping most of the storyline the same and many of the scenes literally verbatim, still manages to tiptoe around the issue of personal responsibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Todd McCarthy
February 14, 2001
Travolta's warmth and expansiveness effectively amplify and embellish the likable and personable side of Stanton.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
A smart and savvy piece of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 1, 2001
Primary Colors is one of the best film about politics I have ever seen and is director Mike Nichols best film since The Graduate, 31 years ago.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
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