75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The mix of comedy and drama is winning; Costner couldn't be better, and the little girl is a find.
Full Review
75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Swing Vote is messy and its targets are relatively safe. But its aim is true. And Costner's performance hits the bull's-eye.
Full Review
75

Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
The film seems like a loose and uncredited updating of "The Great Man Votes," a more serious 1939 entry.
Full Review
75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Swing Vote marries mild satire with Capra-esque melodrama in a formula that works surprisingly well.
Full Review
75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The movie is a genial comedy, but it has significant undertones. Like some of Frank Capra's pictures.
Full Review
63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
This reasonably entertaining movie falters by trying to be both a dark comedy and a sentimental treatise on family and country.
Full Review
50

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
A good-ol'-boy civics lesson that's too scattered to achieve its predictable goals.
Full Review
50

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Costner (who's also a producer) plays to his middle-aged strengths in a role that exaggerates male weaknesses.
Full Review
38

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Swing Vote is a satire that's afraid to satirize.
Full Review
20

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Paints a surprisingly sour portrait of nearly all its characters, so much so that even the final-reel redemption rings hollow and forced.
Full Review
47 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.