100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
It's a superb film -- funny, insightful and very wise about the realities of political life.
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100

USA Today

Perhaps Nichols and May's greatest accomplishment is capturing perfectly on film the mysterious, complex, compromised relationship the public has with today's political leaders.
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88

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Sophisticated and unsentimental political film.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
It's a winner with flaws.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
One of those thrilling confluences in pop culture that rewards audiences for thinking the worst about politicians and the best about movie stars.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Striking an excellent balance between wry cultural critique and crisp entertainment value, the picture is as smart and funny as any comedy-drama in recent memory.
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70

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
An intelligent and very funny satire about the bloody game of American politics.
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63

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Joe Klein's novel -- is a cynical satire of life on the campaign trail. It's harsh, blistering, and possesses an edge that the film, a warmhearted comedy/drama, lacks.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
An intelligent movie that portrays the mighty without reverence.
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25

San Francisco Examiner

Underscores everything that was utterly wrong-headed about the original material.
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70 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.