Swing Vote Reviews

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October 11, 2018
What keeps Swing Vote from being good isn't politics, it's lazy plot devices.
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.
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.
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.
October 18, 2008
I's unclear how we're supposed to respond.
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.
October 18, 2008
A film that never seems entirely sure of what it's really about.
October 18, 2008
October 18, 2008
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.
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.
October 18, 2008
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.
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.
September 26, 2008
Hayseed nonsense, folksily scripted. Whenever it becomes too much - or too little - close your eyes and think of Frank Capra.
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.
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...
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.
September 26, 2008
But away from the cutesy stuff there are some surprisingly sharp digs at the political process.
September 26, 2008
It's like a party political broadcast brought to you by the Idiot Party.
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