The Ides of March Reviews

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September 8, 2017
Real shame about the ending, but the rest of the movie is just marvelous.
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.
February 1, 2012
January 27, 2012
It has disdain for the process, showing the inherent hypocrisy living inside the political system and the corruptive influence it can have on the lives and mores of seeming innocents caught up within its withering whirlpools of self-aggrandizement.
October 27, 2011
A marvellously stable thriller that squeezes you so expertly you react in all the ways it wants.
October 27, 2011
You could set your watch by The Ides of March, George Clooney's sleek potboiler about soured idealism, spin and dirty secrets.
October 27, 2011
A dark drama that gleams with pure quality.
October 23, 2011
Entertaining while you're watching it but, as deceptive as a party's election promises, there's less to it than meets the eye.
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
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
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.
October 7, 2011
As for Clooney, when he steps from behind the camera, his candidate exudes an easy, judicious authority.
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.
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.
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.
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 7, 2011
It's great fun for us to see an entertaining movie we can watch without guilt.
October 7, 2011
Barely works due to the sheer force of talent brought to it by the ensemble but it's not even close to the landslide victory that it should have been.
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