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The Campaign Reviews

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September 11, 2017
At 85 minutes this might be one of the shortest election campaigns around, but with a cast that's on-fire and the humour inappropriate and irreverent, it's surely one of the funniest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 9, 2016
The leads do fine work, but the screenplay bizarrely reduces Ferrell to straight man for much of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 3, 2015
It's the most infuriating kind of comedy, one that keeps flirting with sharp ideas, only to retreat into barn-door-broad buffoonery.
December 25, 2014
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 | Original Score: 6/10
June 23, 2013
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 | Original Score: C
May 26, 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 | Original Score: B+
April 21, 2013
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 | Original Score: 1/5
April 3, 2013
But for all its silliness, THE CAMPAIGN fixes what's broken in American politics with easy laughs and sharp truths.
March 4, 2013
Funny and entertaining, it's not a heavyweight contender, but who wants a heavyweight contender every time?
March 4, 2013
Poking fun at the nastiness of elections, The Campaign finally brings together two of Hollywood's funniest comedians.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 22, 2013
Really stupid, funny things happen that'll make you laugh when you're thinking about them later, alone and scared in the world.
January 22, 2013
We're not quite at the basic Jay Leno level of 'har har, politicians are shallow double-talkers!' humor, but sometimes we're dangerously close.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 11, 2012
Jay Roach's The Campaign can be funny at times, but it's mostly an exercise of patience as two usually funny men scrape the bottom of the barrel for some truly unfunny jokes. Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis have both been in much better films.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
November 1, 2012
A hopelessly broad and undisciplined comedy that features a small handful of amusing ideas but otherwise represents a major missed opportunity for rich Stateside election year satire.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
October 30, 2012
Funny and entertaining, it's not a heavyweight contender, but who wants a heavyweight contender every time?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 25, 2012
If it's sophistication you're looking for, forget it. This one's strictly for low laughs, at which it succeeds nicely.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
October 24, 2012
[B]itter, brutal, and -- unfortunately for the hopes and dreams of the American people -- very very pointedly funny...
October 20, 2012
Works great until it develops a conscience
October 19, 2012
The Campaign is an equal split of smart and stupid. Some people may be off-put by the wild detours into vulgarity, but I relished it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 2, 2012
The Campaign does manage to strike a funny chord but don't be ashamed to find out these election results on home video.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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