The Ides of March

2011

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

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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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Critic Reviews for The Ides of March

All Critics (231) | 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...

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…

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

Oct 7, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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

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½

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Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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½

The profession of politics is a tawdry, sordid affair; the practice of which can warp one's morals and corrupt one's soul. There, I've said it. But the art of filmmaking is not so much about what is being said, but how you say it. In "Ides of March" we get an adaptation of a stage play that comes alive with a brilliant script, wonderful, tight direction, and solid performances across the board from the likes of Evan Rachel Wood, Melisa Tomei, Phillip Seymore Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, and in particular Ryan Gosling. Of course we have to thank the co-writer of the screenplay, and the director - both embodied by George Clooney, who also steps from behind the lens and gives a terrific performance as the "perfect" candidate... I heard that Clooney was also the caterer for the project! (well, it only seems that way). Amidst the standard plot involving a presidential race, we have Machiavellian mechinations and some snappy dialog wherein not a single character gives a straight answer to anything - holding truth (or their version of it) as power. As I previously stated, it's all in how you say it: take for example the fine scene where candidate Clooney is saying grand ideological things in front of a receptive audience, while backstage, seemingly smothered by a wall sized projection of the US flag, Hoffman and Gosling discuss the back room bargaining required to get their candidate elected. So much for idealism. Late in the film the head of the Democratic party proclaims that he doesn't understand God's plan - of course he doesn't have the perspective of the true insiders who shape and twist fact and fiction to achieve their desired goal... from the campaign manager's point of view, God's plan is all too obvious and the morality... win at all costs as long as you believe in the cause. A nice sentiment and a convincing fairy tale to tell yourself as you sell your soul down the river. The script also takes a nice side step in turning the vitriol onto the populace as well as on the politicians. At one point Gosling puts it all in perspective by drawling "You want to be president? You can start a war, you can lie, you can cheat, you can bankrupt the country... but you can't fuck the interns. They'll get you for that". Shades of Monica Lewinski......and it makes you wonder - how taking bribes can be condoned (see Lobbyist in the dictionary), and yet the populace takes the moral high ground when it comes to hanky panky... somehow, as usual, we miss the bigger picture. Sure, the film doesn't tell us anything an astute person doesn't already know; however, as I earlier stated, it's not the story, but the telling. I'm not revealing hardly any plot points at all here, for I wish for you to experience this all for yourself and then reflect how seamlessly it all fits together into a concise, intelligent narrative.

paul sandberg
paul sandberg

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