Swing Vote Synopsis
An election's outcome rests in the beer-slinging hands of a lovable loser (Kevin Costner).
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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.
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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.
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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.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Swing Vote marries mild satire with Capra-esque melodrama in a formula that works surprisingly well.
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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.
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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.
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50

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
A good-ol'-boy civics lesson that's too scattered to achieve its predictable goals.
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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.
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38

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Swing Vote is a satire that's afraid to satirize.
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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.
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Swing Vote.......Horrific

By papapait
I just left a free preview and could not finish the whole thing. I NEVER walk out on movies! This one is so impossibly slow and simple that I found myself wishing for open heart surgery. This...

“SWING VOTE” -- a FINE choice on my “Ballot =

By jimchudnow
[From an advance preview:] The ads didn’t make this look very good-- but the ads were MISLEADING (just like the politicians inhabiting this film!) MADELINE CARROLL does a top quality job playing...

Please stop the Cosner madness

By andersox
This movie would be twice as good if they cut about 30 minutes of Kevin Cosner's portrayal of white trash. Cosner is one of the most over-rated actors of his time. The only time he's shined was in...

A Great Overall Comedy

By stormy waters
Not only was this a great political satire, but this movie was a great comedy movie, that had an outstanding comedic performance from Kevin Costner. This movie was a very fun movie, though towards...

Better than expected

By lasmile
I went to a screening of this movie and to be honest I was expecting a bad movie and I ended up entertain and thinking more of politics and the message behind it....

A political Comedy????

By Mr.Man1919
The name Swing vote is a good name for this movie cause this could be very funny or swing in the other direction. Im gonna hope for the best but I still dont know....

Swing Vote

By Ronnie007
Swing Vote, this movie is good for general audiences. Bud Johnson (Kevin Costner) played the part of a beer drinking no job, down and out person with a daughter Molly (Madeline Carroll) that he...

What was the point?

By RandytheMovieFan
Had a couple of funny moments, especially the political commercials, and had a couple of touching moments, but the movie really made a hash of things. Hey, let's sympathize with Americans put out of...

Swing Vote

By moved
Thought this was one of the best movies seen in a long time. EVERYONE must see this before election time. It is sooooooo good, and unfortunately tooooo true. Politicians speak out of both sides...

Swing Vote

By gemaranger
Very funny, charming caracters, I love it!...

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Rated PG-13 | For language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 13+ Lots of booze in mostly winning political comedy.
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DRINKING & DRUGS