The Campaign (2012)



Critic Consensus: Its crude brand of political satire isn't quite as smart or sharp as one might hope in an election year, but The Campaign manages to generate a sufficient number of laughs thanks to its well-matched leads.

Movie Info

When long-term congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) commits a major public gaffe before an upcoming election, a pair of ultra-wealthy CEOs plot to put up a rival candidate and gain influence over their North Carolina district. Their man: na´ve Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis), director of the local Tourism Center. At first, Marty appears to be the unlikeliest possible choice but, with the help of his new benefactors' support, a cutthroat campaign manager and his family's political connections, … More

Rating: R (for crude sexual content, language and brief nudity)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Adam McKay, Shane Harwell, Chris Henchy, Shawn Harwell
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 30, 2012
Box Office: $86.9M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Campaign

All Critics (205) | Top Critics (43)

It's the most infuriating kind of comedy, one that keeps flirting with sharp ideas, only to retreat into barn-door-broad buffoonery.

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

It even has something like a brain with awareness of the world outside the film, and that is too rare of a commodity in American film comedy in the 2010s.

Full Review… | December 25, 2014
Antagony & Ecstasy

You keep waiting for the movie to say something, to find that extra level of inspiration we've seen each of these two guys reach. Or at least to justify making a political comedy in the first place.

Full Review… | June 23, 2013

It is meticulously bipartisan in its ridicule, from the right's embrace of God and guns, to the left's disingenuous stance against fat cats and big money.

Full Review… | May 26, 2013
The Patriot Ledger

The problem with situation comedy movies in general - and Will Ferrell vehicles such as The Campaign in particular - is that they usually fizzle out after the first 30 minutes.

Full Review… | April 21, 2013

But for all its silliness, THE CAMPAIGN fixes what's broken in American politics with easy laughs and sharp truths.

Full Review… | April 3, 2013

Audience Reviews for The Campaign

An average satire of the cancerous political platform known as the campaign for public office, with two of the most powerful comedic titans of the industry (Will Ferrell, Zack Galifianakis) at the helms. It starts to head in the right direction near its conclusion, but sadly it is already too late. Ferrell sports another over the top performance that we are all used to, while Galifianakis and his silly southern accent are not as utilized. Americans need a movie with a ferocious political bite like say, "Wag the Dog", especially now, when the future of our country looks bleak. Sadly, "The Campaign" is not that beast, instead it comes across as somewhat likable but largely forgettable, and probably a film that should have been on Ferrell's "Funny or Die" website as a 5-10 minute sketch, not an hour and a half long film.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer


A real riot. This movie gets my vote. A raunchy, wild and hilarious comedy. Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell are comedy gold together. A super funny satire that packs plenty of laughs and a great cast. Dylan McDermott and Jason Sudeikis are terrific. A really funny good time. Over the top fun from start to finish.

Al S

Super Reviewer


Not Ferrell's best turn, but he's done much worse. And Zach Galifianakis isn't doing much you haven't seen before, rolling his Seth Galifianakis character into his role as bumpkin-cum-politician Marty Huggins. But what you see really is what you get: two talented comic foils going at each other for 90 minutes. The story is a bit thin but the supporting cast is also funny. There can be only one Anchorman in Ferrell's career - even if he is making a sequel - and this isn't it. That doesn't mean there's anything wrong with the movie. It's a comedy... laugh already.

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer

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