Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
This taut cautionary tale explores the dark side of American politics. And leaves the viewer to wonder - if anyone's still wondering - is there a bright side?
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Clooney certainly brings out the best in his actors, but his driving trait as a filmmaker is that he knows what plays - he has an uncanny sense of how to uncork a scene and let it bubble and flow.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
A big, bruisingly funny moral fable etched in acid and Obama disillusion.
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By Stephanie Zacharek
The Ides of March doesn't cut as deeply or as sharply as Clooney might like, but at least he found the right actor to navigate its dark emotional twists and turns.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
There is no point in discounting smart, engrossing entertainment like The Ides of March, though it's hard not to notice when a film that could have been great falls short.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Political scandals are standard movie fare, and this one, which hinges on sex and power, doesn't offer a new take. But that's the point: The all-too-familiar blend of hubris and lust for power makes the machinations no less poisonous and perhaps more regrettable for their sad predictability.
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The Hollywood Reporter

Classy and professional throughout, the technical work gracefully holds all the threads together.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The filmmaking is shallow but assured, the star charisma thoughtful but undimmed. As for the character, I'd vote for Mike Morris. Actually, I wish I could.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
He's (Clooney) got the makings of a great movie here: one that represents our politically surreal times with keen insight and appropriate cynicism. It's only when he veers off the path, suddenly worried he'll lose our attention, that he falters.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
That's one of the puzzles of this piece. You'd think a film with talent to burn - would provide some electrifying encounters at the very least. No such luck. Words fly, some of them medium-witty, but lightning doesn't strike.
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67 out of 100
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