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The Ides of March Reviews

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Mark Jackson
Epoch Times
July 13, 2016
A well-told tale of filthy politics and betrayal; a virtuoso hat trick (writing, directing, and starring) by George Clooney. It almost makes you wish he'd stop acting and run for office.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sean Axmaker
May 22, 2016
It's ultimately less political thriller or election allegory than morality play in partisan dress.
Kong Rithdee
Bangkok Post
May 10, 2016
Despite the puddles, it all seems a little too clinical. It's Giamatti and Hoffman who turn up to chew the scene, intensely yet effortlessly, and it's only too bad the narrative relegates them to the sidebar.
Michael Atkinson
In These Times
April 13, 2016
Only an innocent high-schooler could be scandalized by the film's depiction of backroom cynicism.
Sean Burns
The Improper Bostonian
May 12, 2015
Why is this sleek, well-crafted movie almost impossble to get excited about?
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
A brilliant political thriller about strategy, loyalty and idealism that is willing to unmask candidates who build their campaigns on slogans, not policies.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.0/5
Will Leitch
June 22, 2013
Well-produced and well-acted middlebrow entertainment, a political "expose" that will shock only pearl-clutchers and naive dopes.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files
April 5, 2013
A gripping, political thriller packed with tremendous performances and supremely confident direction by George Clooney.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Kristal Cooper
We Got This Covered
February 11, 2013
George Clooney officially passes the impish matinee idol torch to Ryan Gosling in this smart, hella-cool (does Clooney waste his time on any other kind of movie these days?) political drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 6, 2013
George Clooney's latest civics lesson as actor and director, is a down and dirty politics-behind-closed-doors tale...brilliantly acted
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeff Beck
September 19, 2012
If the film had been able to get off the ground earlier, this probably would have been a great film. However, with its excellent performances, well-written screenplay, and engaging story, it's still a very good film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Witney Seibold
August 25, 2012
The entire first two thirds of the film have the calm idiosyncratic qualities of a mellowed-out Mamet.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Dan Jardine
July 25, 2012
The Ides of March boils down to a big breast-beating session within the Democratic caucus
Full Review | Original Score: 67/100
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
March 22, 2012
Modern-day Game of Thrones
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
March 19, 2012
While the eventual awful revelations might shock liberals who believe the absurdly sunny West Wing to be a documentary, anybody with a shard of cynicism in their heart will react with an unsurprised shrug.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Steve Newall
February 16, 2012
Like Clooney's straightforward and unflashy directorial style, The Ides of March proves to be an effective drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
February 7, 2012
"The Ides of March" is a solid film, but it could have been better if it challenged the audience more than it does.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
January 20, 2012
A rehash of a recent political phenomenon dressed up to seem more daring than it actually is.
Full Review | Original Score: 39/100
Richard Knight
Knight at the Movies
January 13, 2012
Ironically, one ends up feeling both skeptical and cynical about this movie that wants to have it both ways but, instead, ends up just as deeply cynical and flawed as its characters and the system it seeks to expose.
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies
January 4, 2012
It's clear the Ides of March is about the nuts and bolts of politics.
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