The Campaign Reviews

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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.
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.
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.
January 22, 2013
January 22, 2013
January 22, 2013
January 22, 2013
January 22, 2013
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.
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.
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.
October 20, 2012
Works great until it develops a conscience
October 2, 2012
Director Jay Roach lets swing with some comic haymakers - literally so when Cam aims a punch at his rival and ends up socking a baby in the jaw instead - but the gags are so unsubtle that the satire fails to deliver a knockout blow.
September 30, 2012
Using tired, lazy stereotypes that swerve any relevance to the times, it ironically treats both Americans and its audience with the same contempt as the politicians it lampoons.
September 30, 2012
Witlessness.
September 28, 2012
Perhaps one in ten of the jokes hits the mark; the rest are damp, childish squibs
September 28, 2012
Emblematic of a US comedy scene that's turning into something of a fraternity.
September 27, 2012
Who says political satire is dead? Most of the audience for The Campaign will say it.
September 27, 2012
All sounds a bit dj vu. Didn't they make this in the late-'90s with Chris Farley and David Spade?
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