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The Ides of March Reviews

October 14, 2011
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...
October 7, 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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 7, 2011
As for Clooney, when he steps from behind the camera, his candidate exudes an easy, judicious authority.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 7, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
October 7, 2011
The Ides of March is a well-made actors showcase and fine film. But it never finds that more.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 7, 2011
Just about every other scene in the film is a simple pleasure unto itself between the equally confident writing, direction and performances.
October 7, 2011
Smart and solidly entertaining, thanks to one of the year's top ensemble casts working at the top of its game.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 7, 2011
Clooney does a good job opening up the ideas Willimon first explored onstage, but the result is still a pessimistic truth so universally acknowledged that it doesn't bear repeating, however stylishly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 7, 2011
It's great fun for us to see an entertaining movie we can watch without guilt.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 7, 2011
Almost a political drama of the caliber of Gore Vidal's "The Best Man," but it's not quite. However, it is the movie to recommend to adults looking for something that's topical and intelligent and that will keep them guessing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 6, 2011
Clooney has a keen eye for a good story. With this, his fourth turn as a director, he has chosen wisely.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 6, 2011
Beware The Ides of March. This slick political thriller, the fourth directorial effort of the velvet-voiced heartthrob and aspiring auteur George Clooney, adds up to less than it appears to be at first glance, or even the first several glances.
October 6, 2011
The Ides of March, George Clooney's despairing political drama set against the backdrop of a bruising Ohio Democratic primary, presents us with a most unsentimental education.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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.
October 6, 2011
The cast of George Clooney's political thriller "The Ides of March" is so good, you could probably enjoy watching this movie with the sound off.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 6, 2011
Even though all the supporting elements of a superior film are here, the actual plot that everything is at the service of is disappointing. The texture of reality and the sheen of fine craft disguise this for a while, but not forever.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 6, 2011
The Ides of March is a pulse-racing thriller that hits where it hurts. Clooney's performance is exceptional and Gosling is terrific in an all-stops-out role.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 6, 2011
Clooney is perfectly cast as a charmer with a dark edge, and Giamatti and Hoffman are excellent as two sides of the same tarnished coin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 6, 2011
The Ides of March wields its searchlight over our political landscape and finds a battlefield: a bloody ground of cynicism and fatal compromise.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 6, 2011
Clooney makes his points without preaching, directing his fellow performers with an actor's appreciation of their craft.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 6, 2011
While it's not nearly as quotable as Sweet Smell of Success, Ides frequently reminded me of that earlier classic in its portrait of the corrosive nature of power, and the soul-killing acts that people will commit to get or to keep it.
October 6, 2011
Clooney directed with an actor's appetite for vivid star turns, and he certainly gets them from Ryan Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Paul Giamatti.
October 6, 2011
The institutional infrastructure of "The Ides of March" is solid, with some of the best actors in the business bringing politics to life. Gosling is a particular standout.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 6, 2011
One for the actors, plain and simple.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 6, 2011
So impeccably acted and grippingly paced that its lack of revelation doesn't matter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 6, 2011
The movie's strength is in the acting, with Gosling once again playing a character with an insistent presence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 6, 2011
Shortcomings aside, The Ides of March does provide an impressive showcase for fine actors to explore eternal truths about trust, loyalty and accountability.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 5, 2011
Like the nonfossil fuel alternatives Mr. Clooney pushes in his campaign rhetoric, the adrenalin rush of The Ides of March provides a sexy alternative to most mainstream political movies about dirty politics. Others dip. This one soars.
October 5, 2011
With the constant backroom arguing and threats of media scrutiny, the plot plays out like political intrigue on autopilot; it shouldn't work as well as it does. The greatest credit goes to a widely agreeable set of performances.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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
October 5, 2011
"The Ides of March" is pitch perfect as we see the high-stakes gamesmanship involved in presidential campaigns.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 5, 2011
It pulses along like an update of The Candidate fused with a political Sweet Smell of Success - it's got that kind of noirish fizz.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
October 5, 2011
A knowing look at the machinations of a political campaign, with its established and somewhat bizarre rituals, and the compromises and betrayals that often accompany getting someone elected.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 5, 2011
...bringing old-school quality and tone to content that plays as both up-to-the-minute and classically timeless.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
October 5, 2011
It mostly transpires in takeout-container-strewn campaign offices and hotel rooms; The Ides of March, verbal and Lumet-like, is lovably for wonks only.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 5, 2011
Gosling radiates charisma, schmoozing and charming reporters and staffers with equal ease. But beneath that slick exterior, his character is a true believer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
October 3, 2011
The backroom deals and dirty tricks represent politics as they are, not as they should be. This is a deeply cynical movie and, in that cynicism, it finds truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 3, 2011
This film is full of great actors, but not enough people.
October 3, 2011
It's tempting to praise The Ides of March as a realistic depiction of how low we've sunk. But that would mean accepting the second-rate writing and third-rate melodrama and incredible shrinking characters.
September 12, 2011
It's another step in the intriguing mid-career reinvention of one of Hollywood's shrewdest stars.
September 9, 2011
Slick and respectable, and delivering old news.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 8, 2011
The dialogue is smart, crisp and witty and, given the quorum of talent, it's not surprising that the performances are superb.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 1, 2011
Clooney sees blustering bustle and edgy familiarity - giant closeups of private conversations - as the contrasts of political campaigns, which are, at heart, all rhetoric and no accountability.
August 31, 2011
[An] intriguing but overly portentous drama, which seems far more taken with its own cynicism than most viewers will be.
August 31, 2011
Classy and professional throughout, the technical work gracefully holds all the threads together.
August 31, 2011
Taken as a diverting aside on our world and with its more awkward pretensions forgiven, it's captivating enough and well-performed by a strong cast, even down to the smaller ensemble roles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5