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The Ides of March Reviews

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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.
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
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
October 5, 2011
A well-done film, respectable and serious. The actors acquit themselves with zest and skill. Unfortunately, The Ides of March just has all the freshness of a outdated stump speech.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Alison Gang
San Diego Union-Tribune
October 7, 2011
While the story itself takes some tense turns, Clooney's moralizing doesn't, leaving us with a bit of a campaign hangover.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
October 6, 2011
The problem is that the news the story brings may be perfectly accurate, but it isn't particularly original, and it's certainly not what we hunger for in these dispiriting, cynical times.
Fernando F. Croce
House Next Door
September 10, 2011
Had it had a more complex argument on its mind than just "power corrupts," it could have been more than a solid, slick entertainment.
Joanna Langfield
The Movie Minute
October 4, 2011
Ironic: this is a movie about politics that, like most politicians, promises far more than it ever delivers.
Tony Macklin
tonymacklin.net
October 5, 2011
The Ides of March isn't stale, but it isn't fresh either. There's nothing memorable. There's nothing daring. The theme of The Ides of March is that idealism is squelched by pragmatism. Oh, what an insight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
October 4, 2011
For all of the timely questions rumbling through Clooney's film -- Is change even possible? Does a "good" man stand a chance once incorporated into a hopelessly "bad" system? -- The Ides of March cushions the end of idealism within noir fantasy.
Katey Rich
CinemaBlend.com
September 15, 2011
There's a much smarter, better constructed movie in there that could have better used the dynamite cast.
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
October 7, 2011
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.
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.
Bill Gibron
Filmcritic.com
October 6, 2011
You expect better from George Clooney
| Original Score: 3/5
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
October 7, 2011
Skip this one and rent The Candidate, which still feels sharper and more contemporary than The Ides of March."
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
October 10, 2011
This is Clooney in high civic Syriana mode, telling us that we should stay involved and informed even though the system is hopelessly compromised and there's nothing anyone can do about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dan Jardine
Cinemania
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
Sean Axmaker
Seanax.com
May 22, 2016
It's ultimately less political thriller or election allegory than morality play in partisan dress.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 5, 2011
"The Ides of March'' rests its moral outrage on a rickety podium of glibness and coincidence. It passes the character test, but it can't go the distance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 6, 2011
Somehow, the film is missing both adrenaline and gravity, notwithstanding some frantic early moments and a late swerve toward tragedy. It makes its points carefully and unimpeachably but does not bring much in the way of insight or risk.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
November 14, 2011
Wallows in fashionable cynicism
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