• Released
  • January 25, 2013
  • NR , 1 hr 39 min
  • Drama
  • 3 Fan Ratings
88

New York Observer

By Rex Reed
As a bare-knuckle assault on the corruption that has come to define the creeping rot of American politics, Knife Fight is neither as satirical as Barry Levinson's "Wag the Dog" nor as incisive and wrenching as George Clooney's "The Ides of March," but it's a noble, shocking and inspired film worthy of attention.
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50

Portland Oregonian

By Marc Mohan
It's a forgettable series of bullet points barely strung together by charismatic performances.
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45

NPR

By Jeannette Catsoulis
Playing like a mashup of tropes from far superior small- and large-screen entertainments (Scandal, House of Lies, Ides of March), this clunky feature from Bill Guttentag is satire at its most soft-bellied and toadying.
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40

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
Aims to be a cutting-edge portrait of cutthroat political machinations. But it's a mostly toothless affair that, like so many of our current political figures, proves alienating.
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40

Village Voice

Throughout, Knife Fight feels like TV, like a half-season of some promising cable show stuffed into a 98-minute film that never really builds or surprises.
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38

New York Post

By Sara Stewart
You'd hope a political-insider indie reuniting "West Wing" stars Rob Lowe and Richard Schiff, and informed by the experiences of an actual former spin doctor, would be a small delight. You would be wrong.
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33

The Playlist

By Gabe Toro
For those of you who felt "Ides Of March" was entirely too cerebral and challenging, here comes the dunderheaded Knife Fight. A political satire that treads no new ground, this name-heavy comedy wastes an engaging central performance by Rob Lowe.
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25

Slant Magazine

Bill Guttentag exaggerates the absurd lengths advisors go to win an election and yet ultimately aggrandizes their behavior.
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25

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

Means and ends meet briefly, shrug and disappear under a torrent of self-flattering clichés.
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20

Time Out New York

By David Fear
Thanks to his pitch-perfect portrayal of Parks and Recreation's Type A–personality-run-amuck boss, we're willing to forgive Rob Lowe for virtually anything. This pitiful excuse for a political satire, however, seriously tests that theory.
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34 out of 100
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