The Ides of March (2011)
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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as Stephen Meyers
as Governor Mike Morris
as Paul Zara Philip
as Tom Duffy
as Molly Stearns
as ida Horowicz
as Senator Thompson
as Ben Harpen
as Cindy Morris
as Jack Stearns
as Senator Pullman
as Campaign Editor
as Advance Guy
as Piano Player
as Security Guard
as Head First Bartender
as Stage Manager
as Sound Man
as Student #1
as Student #2
as Pullman Staffer
as Clinic Nurse
as Pullman Staffer
as Local Anchor
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Critic Reviews for The Ides of March
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...
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.
As for Clooney, when he steps from behind the camera, his candidate exudes an easy, judicious authority.
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.
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.
Audience Reviews for The Ides of March
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.
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.
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|Stephen Meyers:||you wanna be a president? you can start a war, you can lie you can cheat, you can bankrupt the country, but you can't fuck the interns.|
|Stephen Meyers:||You wanna be a president? You can start a war, you can lie you can cheat, you can bankrupt the country, but you can't fuck the interns.|
|Stephen Meyers:||When you make a mistake, you lose the right to play|
|Stephen Meyers:||When you make a mistake, you lose the right to play.|
|Tom Duffy:||The ability to win people's respect, by making them mistake their fear, for love.|
|Stephen Meyers:||â??You broke the only rule in politics. You want to be president? You can start a war, you can lie, you can cheat, you can bankrupt the country......but you cant fuck the interns. They'll get you for that|
|Stephen Meyers:||You broke the only rule in politics. You want to be president? You can start a war, you can lie, you can cheat, you can bankrupt the country... but you cant fuck the interns. They'll get you for that.|