The American President Synopsis
A rival exploits the president's (Michael Douglas) romance with a lobbyist (Annette Bening).
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Watching The American President, I felt respect for the craft that went into it: the flawless re-creation of the physical world of the...
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88

San Francisco Examiner

By Barbara Shulgasser
An old-fashioned movie. It is simplistic, full of stock characters and easy solutions to difficult problems, and I absolutely loved it.
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88

USA Today

By Mike Clark
A super cast injects it with Teddy Roosevelt vitality. [17 Nov 1995, p.D1]
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80

Empire

By
Of course it's hokey and silly, but Reiner really knows how to skirt potential schmaltz and there is a political backbone to the piece...
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
It's a revamped Cinderella story with power as the aphrodisiac, and Douglas and Bening play it to the classy hilt. The courtship scenes in...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Edward Guthmann
In Sorkin's vision, this is what ought to happen when a political progressive occupies the White House -- provided he has principles, guts...
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Michael Douglas and Annette Bening head the well-chosen cast, but what gives the movie substance is its willingness to take real stands on...
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
In the end, the movie says that the President's private life matters, all right -- that Shepherd should get the girl and reestablish his...
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63

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
It comes across as painfully politically correct, offering trite sermons on various "hot-button" issues (gun control and the greenhouse...
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
These days, when presidential bouquets are named Gennifer Flowers, and when we all know what Jack Kennedy did beneath the White House...
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The American President

By mightyduo
I can't see how anyone could dis-like this movie. I loved it. Every time it comes of T.V. I watch it. This film is clean, refreshing and has just enough romance in it without being slutty like WAY...

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Rated PG-13
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 13+ Witty, wise, and idealized political romance.
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