The Ides of March Synopsis
A press secretary becomes involved in a scandal that threatens his candidate's election chances.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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:...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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Love Gosling

By Sheltiemomm
Cast was superb, everyone had a personal best in this intrigue-filled gem. Fantastically added was, Jeffrey Right, as a pivotal character. Gossling envelops any human emotion imaginable! Thrilled to...

The Ides of March: A-

By MattH306
Very well acted and not overtly political...

Ides of March

By mustbinsun
Excellent, tuant movie; good characters; tension builds throughout the movie at an even pace; great writing and storyline; absolutely ; a must see !...

For those of you who love political movies

By xxjanderxx
I was so excited to see this movie. But they show almost all of the plot in the trailer. I would have waited for it to be on dvd. It wasn't worth the $ I spent. There is two things that you don't see...

Slow with no sizzle

By pmcculloch
I suppose it was a realistic political drama....but there was never an "Oh My Gosh!" moment. All-star cast that never made me care about the characters. Was probably a subtle arc for...

An excellent piece

By Rozzik
The movie had an excellent plot, directing style, music to speech proportions, and the viewers(me) interest. However, If you are not a person who likes to think while at the movies, to try and follow...

Ides of March

By kentridge
Anyone who loves politics should see this - while its just a string of would-be bad things that happen in a campaign its still reminds one of behind the scenes "dealing". Maybe something based on a...

Ides of March Runs Idle

By Cthulhu Zulu
The film was enjoyable and kept me guessing the whole way through. Right when you think you figured it out, another twist throws you off. I think Clooney failed in getting the best emotional...

An actor's movie

By review_central
Not what I expected -- in that this was a very intimate movie without big action scenes -- but honestly, some of the best performances I have ever seen. Such nuanced emotion, such fine-tuning of...

The Ides of March review

By rcpilot
It was okay...

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Rated R | For Pervasive language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Smart, cynical thriller deals in political excesses.
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