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The Campaign Reviews

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Cath Clarke
Time Out
January 22, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bruce Diones
New Yorker
August 20, 2012
Despite the obviousness of its political points, the film has a scattershot, breezy appeal.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
August 16, 2012
What these dog days of political campaigning needs is a good, sharp political satire. Alas, The Campaign is not that movie -- not even close.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
August 13, 2012
Simply taken as a broad character comedy, "The Campaign" definitely has its moments.
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
August 10, 2012
It's way over the top, but then again, so are most modern political campaigns. Lots of funny s--- here.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 10, 2012
[A] very raunchy and sometimes pretty funny comedy - which isn't above going for dumb jokes, but is also smart enough to play to its two stars' strengths.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 10, 2012
This movie is single-handedly causing a major rise in our mirth deficit. It's so bad, I'm declaring a laugh emergency.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
August 10, 2012
It's an average Will Ferrell comedy, nothing more.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
August 10, 2012
This big, broad, laugh-out-loud farce isn't in the business of deep swipes or sharp insights. Its main message is that politics pretty much makes fun of itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Siri Agrell
Globe and Mail
August 10, 2012
The movie has political savvy as well as comedic chops.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
August 10, 2012
Prefers silly, outre jokes and sight gags to a truly penetrating critique of partisan politics that has gone hopelessly off the rails.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
August 9, 2012
Raucous in its send-ups of the moral, financial and sexual peccadilloes of the common political animal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 9, 2012
Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis trade barbs and sling mud, but the humor is inconsistent and the political satire lacks bite.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
August 9, 2012
Maybe the surreal realities of the current campaign really are beyond satire, ridicule, parody or ready comprehension, but this ultimately puerile gagfest has little reach and less grasp.
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
August 9, 2012
Often brings the laughs, but the movie's ultimate timidity over possibly vexing viewers of any political stripe renders the whole project somewhat sterile.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 9, 2012
This cynical and funny film hits more often than it misses.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
August 9, 2012
It's like a sober, centrist, irrelevant op-ed column, but with bad words and belly laughs.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 9, 2012
"The Campaign" is too timid to aim a satirical shiv at the political jugular.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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August 9, 2012
Both funny and undisciplined, a political satire that works best when the commentary sags and the crass absurdism escalates.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
August 9, 2012
A very funny satire that successfully calls out every moronic (and oxymoronic) part of our slogan-slinging, attack-ad-making election process.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 9, 2012
The Campaign is intermittently amusing, but more often just interminable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 9, 2012
Ferrell and Galifianakis will crack you up - guaranteed. Is it too much to expect more?
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
August 9, 2012
It's loud and profane and relentlessly vulgar. It's also occasionally funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 9, 2012
As with politicians, we get the political movies we deserve.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
August 9, 2012
Galifianakis scores most of the laughs, as you might expect, but there's some nice supporting work from Jason Sudeikis, Dylan McDermott, and Sarah Baker.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
August 9, 2012
"The Campaign" is a good idea with no place to go.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
August 9, 2012
Mostly but not entirely on.
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
August 9, 2012
Though it's crude and juvenile in ways that makes you vaguely ashamed at laughing so much, The Campaign is versatile enough to sneak in a good shot or two at the American political system.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News
August 9, 2012
It revels in showing the absurdity of politics as usual, touching on gaffes and scandals we all know too well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 9, 2012
It's weak and witlessly crude.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
August 9, 2012
It isn't really about the political issues of the moment, but neither, the film suggests, are the politics of the moment.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 9, 2012
As a respite from real-life politics (and a nostalgic reminder that there are indeed still places where people line up to vote on Election Day), it's a just-good-enough diversion.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 9, 2012
"The Campaign" made me think of "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" if it had been written by the Onion staff.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
August 8, 2012
Will Ferrell, all is forgiven after the botch that was Casa De Mi Padre. And in fact this may be the best movie, comedic or dramatic, that you've made yet.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Debruge
Variety
August 8, 2012
Before the 2012 presidential election has a chance to get really nasty, The Campaign vigorously swoops in to satirize how low things can go between a pair of rival congressional candidates.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 8, 2012
In its ramped-up media-farce way, The Campaign leaves no satirical stone unturned.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
August 8, 2012
"The Campaign" look much more like "Waiting for Guffman" or "Spinal Tap" than "Step Brothers" or "Talladega Nights".
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
August 7, 2012
Director Jay Roach has two brilliant improvisers on hand, but The Campaign suffers from a compounded sense of fatigue, plotwise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
August 7, 2012
Most of the movie's big laughs are in the first half; like so many high-concept/low-character comedies, it runs out of steam early and then wheezes to an anticlimax.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
August 6, 2012
Ferrell and Galifianakis make for entertaining rivals in a flimsy political satire that too often mistakes bad taste for comic acuity.