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The Tomatometer is 59% or lower.
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The movie takes off into the comic stratosphere in its first sequence and then slowly sinks to Earth, made logy by its noble means and Sayles' increasing inability to shoot anything but fat clots of undramatic talk in the most boring manner imaginable.
With more than 20 major speaking roles, this is an ambitious project by Sayles' indie standards. He handles that dimension of the project deftly. Where he bites off more than he can chew is in trying to make two movies into one.
It doesn't pretend that politics and business are decoupled, that the little guy can pull off the upset, or that the bottom line is anything other than money. It's refreshing, albeit grim, to see a movie that's not afraid of telling these truths.