Wag the Dog Synopsis
Advisers (Robert De Niro, Anne Heche) try to prevent a presidential scandal.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The movie is a satire that contains just enough realistic ballast to be teasingly plausible; like "Dr. Strangelove," it makes you laugh,...
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
If the result is often as glib as the targets it's satirizing, it's also driven by a cruelly distilled joy. Wag the Dog is an ode to the...
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
This is one of Levinson's best films, and the screenplay, co-penned by noted writer David Mamet (along with Hilary Henkin), is brilliantly...
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
WAG the Dog is a cozy political satire, the warm-and-fuzzy kind that is always entertaining yet never disturbing.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Levinson's sure touch keeps audiences smiling and manages to maintain an aura of good nature in a film that, at heart, offers a caustic,...
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Barry Levinson's dark comedy is sly, funny, and unnerving.
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75

San Francisco Examiner

By Walter Addiego
It's a testament to what happens when all the right ingredients come together. Wag the Dog is the best political satire in years.
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60

Empire

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Written in part by David Mamet, Wag The Dog is a lovely idea, with credibility buoyed by its incredible timeliness. But, content with its...
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50

Film Threat

Hoffman's electric performance carries the film beyond its banal pretext and Dennis Leary and Woody Harrelson are a scream in cameos.
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50

TV Guide

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But anyone who would be inherently interested in this kind of sendup is unlikely to be surprised by anything in this film -- overall it...
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Rated R | For Language
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Common Sense Media says OK for kids 16+ Entertaining, creepily resonant political comedy.
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