The Front Runner (2018)


Critic Consensus: The Front Runner exhumes the wreckage of a political campaign with well-acted wit, even if it neglects to truly analyze the issues it raises.

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Oscar (R) nominee Hugh Jackman stars as the charismatic politician Gary Hart for Academy Award (R)-nominated director Jason Reitman in the new thrilling drama The Front Runner. The film follows the rise and fall of Senator Hart, who captured the imagination of young voters and was considered the overwhelming front runner for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination when his campaign was sidelined by the story of an extramarital relationship with Donna Rice. As tabloid journalism and political journalism merged for the first time, Senator Hart was forced to drop out of the race - events that left a profound and lasting impact on American politics and the world stage.


Hugh Jackman
as Gary Hart
Vera Farmiga
as Lee Hart
Molly Ephraim
as Irene Kelly
Kaitlyn Dever
as Andrea Hart
Ari Graynor
as Ann Devroy

Critic Reviews for The Front Runner

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (7)

[The Front Runner] has a lot on its mind... but spends too little energy dissecting those thoughts. Instead, we're mostly treated to a parade of wonderful character actors making witty proclamations that then immediately fade into the atmosphere.

Sep 11, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Someone had to make a movie about Gary Hart eventually, and so here it is.

Sep 9, 2018 | Full Review…

It doesn't tell us how we should feel or pretend to know all the answers. For some, that might be frustrating, but "The Front Runner" delivers more than enough provocative material to make it a wild, occasionally hopeful, often depressing ride.

Sep 3, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The strong and sprawling supporting cast gives the movie its snap, crackle, and pop, and its sharpest observations. But too often even that snap, crackle, and pop feels like it's been sitting in a bowl of milk too long.

Sep 3, 2018 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

The film is broadly sympathetic of Hart's situation; it doesn't absolve him of being a shitty husband, but it side-eyes the press for whipping the story into a national firestorm.

Sep 3, 2018 | Rating: C | Full Review…

The "Juno" director's got his groove back.

Sep 3, 2018 | Full Review…
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