The Ides of March Reviews

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August 24, 2018
If only the film had been 90 minutes of Giamatti and Hoffman instead of Gosling and Clooney, then this could have been an excellent political drama.
August 30, 2017
The fault lies not in the stars, but in a script than underestimates us.
May 22, 2016
It's ultimately less political thriller or election allegory than morality play in partisan dress.
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.
April 13, 2016
Only an innocent high-schooler could be scandalized by the film's depiction of backroom cynicism.
July 25, 2012
The Ides of March boils down to a big breast-beating session within the Democratic caucus
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.
January 20, 2012
A rehash of a recent political phenomenon dressed up to seem more daring than it actually is.
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.
November 14, 2011
Wallows in fashionable cynicism
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 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.
October 9, 2011
The Ides of March is satisfying and frustrating in equal measure; just mark it down as a split ticket.
October 7, 2011
The Ides of March has star-power on its side, with Clooney and Gosling in the leads, but even if people are attracted to theaters by their presence they're not likely to leave feeling satisfied...
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.
October 7, 2011
Skip this one and rent The Candidate, which still feels sharper and more contemporary than The Ides of March."
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
Moderately involving, but ultimately underwhelming...
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.
October 6, 2011
The movie's allegorical aspirations -- that even the most quixotic of people are only fooling themselves in a corrupt system -- are as trite as they are timeless.
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