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The Campaign Reviews

January 22, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 20, 2012
Despite the obviousness of its political points, the film has a scattershot, breezy appeal.
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-
August 13, 2012
Simply taken as a broad character comedy, "The Campaign" definitely has its moments.
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
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
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
August 10, 2012
It's an average Will Ferrell comedy, nothing more.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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
August 10, 2012
The movie has political savvy as well as comedic chops.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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
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
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.
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.
August 9, 2012
This cynical and funny film hits more often than it misses.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 9, 2012
It's like a sober, centrist, irrelevant op-ed column, but with bad words and belly laughs.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 9, 2012
"The Campaign" is too timid to aim a satirical shiv at the political jugular.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
August 9, 2012
Both funny and undisciplined, a political satire that works best when the commentary sags and the crass absurdism escalates.
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
August 9, 2012
The Campaign is intermittently amusing, but more often just interminable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 9, 2012
Ferrell and Galifianakis will crack you up - guaranteed. Is it too much to expect more?
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 9, 2012
It's loud and profane and relentlessly vulgar. It's also occasionally funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 9, 2012
As with politicians, we get the political movies we deserve.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
August 9, 2012
"The Campaign" is a good idea with no place to go.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 9, 2012
Mostly but not entirely on.
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
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
August 9, 2012
It's weak and witlessly crude.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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
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.
August 8, 2012
In its ramped-up media-farce way, The Campaign leaves no satirical stone unturned.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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-
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
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.
August 6, 2012
Ferrell and Galifianakis make for entertaining rivals in a flimsy political satire that too often mistakes bad taste for comic acuity.