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Wag the Dog Reviews

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 30, 2009
Hilary Henkin and David Mamet's script is gleefully hyperbolic without ever straying from its political target.
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
Lazily assembled by director Levinson, it slides into a series of soft, extended skits on engineering a media war, not helped by several badly handled leaps in the story.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
Amusing as it is, Wag The Dog does what it purports to sat irize -- the bark is real but the teeth aren't.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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February 14, 2001
The pacing is crisp, the dialogue quippy and fast, the tone arch but energetic.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
A wicked smart satire on the interlocking worlds of politics and show business, Wag the Dog confirms every awful thought you've ever had about media manipulation and the gullibility of the American public.
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Lucy Mohl
Film.com
January 1, 2000
When the film makes the leap from plausibly outrageous to pure satire, it slips, and the logic goes with it.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Swift, hilarious and impossible to resist.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
January 1, 2000
A bright idea well realized by director Barry Levinson.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Between the laughs, there are moments that ring so true they can raise goosebumps.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
The movie is intelligent, but it's also a lot of fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
January 1, 2000
Director Barry Levinson and writers Hilary Henkin and David Mamet (no less) have obviously known their share of Stanleys, and we have no trouble believing in him.
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David Denby
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 1, 2000
The picture conveys an irresistible pleasure in fakery for its own sake, and that's its charm.
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Sean P. Means
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Wag the Dog has the confidence to let its own jaded view speak volumes for itself.
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John Hartl
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Wag the Dog could have been a one-joke scenario, but it's consistently rescued from monotony by a smart script.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Absurd and convincing at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
Packed full of wickedly amusing details and expertly modulated performances.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 1, 2000
A very classy act of nose thumbing.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
With this cast, Dog could use a much bigger bite.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
Wag the Dog nonetheless makes a perfect bookend piece for Network.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4