The Ides of March

2011

The Ides of March

Critics 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

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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
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
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
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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All Critics (235) | Top Critics (51)

  • A dark drama that gleams with pure quality.

    Oct 27, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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...

    Oct 14, 2011
  • 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.

    Oct 7, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • As for Clooney, when he steps from behind the camera, his candidate exudes an easy, judicious authority.

    Oct 7, 2011 | Rating: 3/4
  • 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.

    Oct 7, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Oct 7, 2011 | Full Review…

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