Drama is too intense for kids and young teens.
| Original Score: 3/5
A simple talking, funny-accented greying conservative politician is shown to be a moron.
| Original Score: D
Too close to reality to be effective as satire.
| Original Score: C+
Cooper does a terrific job, mimicking Bush's speech and mannerisms as well as his tendency to ramble and go off script with hilarious consequences.
Sayles wraps a gripping murder mystery around a rather unsubtle political satire.
Sayles traces how rumor, conjecture, and outright lies seep into the [political] discussion and drive it.
| Original Score: B-
At its core, Silver City is a biting tirade on the current anti-enviromental policies of the Bush administration.
| Original Score: 4/5
Sayles must have felt the need to weigh in on the last election. But if he was going to do it, a little more planning, writing -- and especially casting -- would have helped.
| Original Score: 2/5
[A] promising but inconsistent mystery.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
You can admire Sayles' intentions all you like, but it's hard to defend the film as an artistic accomplishment.
Sayles is at his best when he has something more substantial to say than 'Bush sucks.'
Chris Cooper is art; the supporting cast is good, but the film is completely bogged down by actual lead Danny Huston.
[L]ays bare... the mess that is the American political scene today: corruption, hypocrisy, ignorance, arrogance, fearmongering, divisiveness, and incipient fascism.
Silver City is nowhere near Sayles at his best.
The plot of Silver City is movieish in the extreme, with filthy abandoned mines subbing for the bars and alleys of urban noir, but it's no more than mild cheese.
The film's saving grace is Danny Huston.
As a John Sayles fan, it pains me to have to tell all of you that his latest film, Silver City, just isn't that good.
A lifeless production that's underwritten and overcast ... it's preachy and just plain dull.
| Original Score: 2/4
Did no one advise Sayles that Huston, who played "hotel manager" in Hotel and "herdsman" in The Bacchae (don't ask me!) was entrusted with too much?
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Sayles should switch to television, because each new movie now resembles a pilot episode for an HBO series...
| Original Score: 2/4