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Swing Vote Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
April 1, 2011
Swing Vote has its moments, especially when Grammer or Hopper are around, but it's trying to do too much ... there's so many ideas floating around in there, it all ends up being very shallow.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union
December 24, 2009
People like to make fun of Kevin Costner, and sometimes he deserves it. But when he gets his laid-back, rascally mojo going, he can become a most agreeable screen companion for a couple of hours
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
August 30, 2009
Swing Vote seems to be suggesting that the voter deserves a better class of candidate; allow me to suggest that the viewer deserves a better class of film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
June 18, 2009
...a thoroughly affable piece of work that makes up in easy-going entertainment what it lacks in plausibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
March 5, 2009
It's a predictable, feel-good fantasy in the mould of a political satire and the result is a good one.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
January 14, 2009
Swing Vote suggests that a few hours of cramming is enough--our brief run-in with Palin confirms that it's not.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
January 6, 2009
Goes for cheap laughs with its politics, but wins back at least some respect when it presents its central characters as real people and their issues as immune to instant cure.
| Original Score: 66/100
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 18, 2008
I's unclear how we're supposed to respond.
| Original Score: 1/4
Top Critic
Tom Charity
CNN.com
October 18, 2008
It's a sentiment Capra might well have echoed, though he would surely have punched up the gags while he was at it.
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
October 18, 2008
A film that never seems entirely sure of what it's really about.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 18, 2008
Costner does what he can with a role that is described as lovable, but I didn't find him so. Bud's a loser, nearly a bum, and even the expected turn-around didn't ring true for me.
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly
October 18, 2008
Depictions of the spineless presidential hopefuls (Kelsey Grammer and Dennis Hopper) and their campaign managers (Stanley Tucci and Nathan Lane, respectively) offer standard-issue political satire.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
September 26, 2008
Watchable, well acted satirical drama that starts well but quickly loses its bite and tails off into sentimentality and a cop-out ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
September 26, 2008
The film varies between ironic cynicism about the political process and overt whimsy and sentimentality.
| Original Score: 3/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
September 26, 2008
What starts out as a hokey satire on electioneering and spin becomes a hokey lesson on civic responsibility, with a catch in the throat and a tear in the eye. Try to suppress the curl in your lip.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
September 26, 2008
Hayseed nonsense, folksily scripted. Whenever it becomes too much - or too little - close your eyes and think of Frank Capra.
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
September 26, 2008
While not without its charms, and aiming a well-placed dig at American voter apathy, the jokes don't work, Costner looks hungover for real and the corn count is way, way too high, particularly during Bud's big speech at the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Neil Smith
Total Film
September 26, 2008
Election-year pertinence turns to mush in a winsome feel-gooder that wastes no time ramming its wholesome message down our throats. Oh, and did we mention that Kev gets to sing with his band Modern West? What a load of ballots...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
September 26, 2008
The cynical vote-chasing ploys of the political machines are cheekily spoofed....and then the grand conceit is deserted and the whole caboodle slides into a tacky vat of sentimental, flag-waving gloop.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Gritten
Daily Telegraph (UK)
September 26, 2008
Swing Vote is a benign but telling satire.
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