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The Ides of March (2011)

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Critic Consensus: While not exactly exposing revelatory truths, The Ides of March is supremely well-acted drama that moves at a measured, confident clip.

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The Ides of March takes place during the frantic last days before a heavily contested Ohio presidential primary, when an up-and-coming campaign press secretary (Ryan Gosling) finds himself involved in a political scandal that threatens to upend his candidate's shot at the presidency. -- (C) Sony Pictures
Rating:
R (for pervasive language)
Genre:
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Box Office:
$40,962,534.00
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Cast

Ryan Gosling
as Stephen Meyers
George Clooney
as Governor Mike Morris
Philip Seymour Hoffman
as Paul Zara Philip
Paul Giamatti
as Tom Duffy
Evan Rachel Wood
as Molly Stearns
Marisa Tomei
as ida Horowicz
Jeffrey Wright
as Senator Thompson
Max Minghella
as Ben Harpen
Jennifer Ehle
as Cindy Morris
Gregory Itzin
as Jack Stearns
Michael Mantell
as Senator Pullman
Bella Ivory
as Jenny
Danny Mooney
as Campaign Editor
John Manfredi
as Advance Guy
Robert Mervak
as Piano Player
Fabio Polanco
as Security Guard
Peter Harpen
as Head First Bartender
Rohn Thomas
as Stage Manager
David McConnell
as Director
Mark Stacey White
as Sound Man
Lauren Wainwright
as Student #1
Kris Reilly
as Student #2
Michael D. Ellison
as Pullman Staffer
Leslie McCurdy
as Clinic Nurse
Jill Hayley Meyers
as Pullman Staffer
Rob Braun
as Himself
Rachel Maddow
as Herself
Chris Matthews
as Himself
Charlie Rose
as Himself
Deb Dixon
as Local Anchor
Neal Anthony Rubin
as Reporter #1
Loretta Higgins
as Reporter #2
Joe Dinda
as Joe the Staffer
John Repulski
as Organist
Cherie Bowman
as Air Tran Ticket Agent
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Critic Reviews for The Ides of March

All Critics (222) | Top Critics (49)

The world of politics provides all the drama-and satiric fodder-any filmmaker could ask for. And even though the public has shown indifference to such movies in recent years, Hollywood keeps making them...

October 14, 2011
indieWIRE
Top Critic

At its best, the film is like a political version of Sweet Smell of Success, another movie where the corruption was so rampant it gleamed.

Full Review… | October 7, 2011
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

As for Clooney, when he steps from behind the camera, his candidate exudes an easy, judicious authority.

October 7, 2011
Denver Post
Top Critic

This is intelligent filmmaking, and a provocative moral fable. It may not be perfect, but it stands as one of the better, most realistic movies about the way we elect our leaders.

Full Review… | October 7, 2011
San Jose Mercury News
Top Critic

From the film's ideological vantage point, moderate Democrats are Machiavellian devils, and Republicans are an inconceivable evil looming on a distant horizon, like the White Walkers in Game of Thrones.

Full Review… | October 7, 2011
The Atlantic
Top Critic

The Ides of March is a well-made actors showcase and fine film. But it never finds that more.

Full Review… | October 7, 2011
Detroit News
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Audience Reviews for The Ides of March

½

Clooney proves again that he knows how to direct intelligent films that rely on a great dialogue, and this intriguing character study is gripping from the first scene to the last, centered on a brilliant political battle and with an intense performance by the always fantastic Ryan Gosling.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

The press secretary and true believer of an up and coming presidential candidate uncovers a scandal leaving him with a moral dilemma that could potentially destroy this political golden boy's career. Based upon a play by Beau Willimon who was responsible for the American adaptation of the classic political drama House Of Cards, The Ides Of March has all of the kinds of cynical intrigue you'd expect of Frank Underwood's creator. The story is not quite as black-hearted as the TV series but the representation of modern politics being the product of back room deals, manipulation and blackmail certainly retains its flavour. Solid writing and a cast to die for make for a smart, savvy drama but at the same time The Ides Of March does leave you with the feeling that you walked in half way through the story; there's a certain sense of context that is missing and the lack of a weighty, focal message makes it seem a little soapy. But thanks to the talent involved it feels like a piece of intelligent, quality entertainment that fans of both House Of Cards and The West Wing will not fail to appreciate.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

½

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