A Perfect Candidate
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A Perfect Candidate documents the 1994 Virginia senate campaign of Oliver North. Filmmakers R.J. Cutler (The War Room) and David Van Taylor (Dream Deceivers) take a look at North and his main opponent, Chuck Robb, but focus most of their attention on North's ruthless campaign strategists, Mark Goodin and Mark Merritt, and on Don Baker, a cynical Washington Post reporter who covers the campaign. North runs as a right-wing Christian candidate, and makes his professed faith a major campaign issue. While his handlers compare North to Elvis, and the candidate compares himself to Jesus on one… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"What fun it is to watch."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"A fine, trenchant political documentary on a par with The War Room"
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"An interesting, if uneven, documentary."
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"Plays more like the satirical Bob Roberts than a documentary"
‑ Kat Giantis, Boxoffice Magazine
"Shrewd, involving"
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Fascinating, if more than a little depressing"
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"It's quite a revealing, amusing and ultimately dispiriting trip"
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"The film dwells a bit too much on North's unpleasant campaign strategist, Mark Goodin."
‑ Barbara Shulgasser, San Francisco Examiner
"An encouraging item from the film is the claim that, of those who considered honesty and ethics important considerations in choosing a senator, three-fourths voted against North."
‑ Roger Schmeekle, Film.com
"One of a small handful of essential films about politics in this country."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"Perversely entertaining"
‑ Steve Davis, Austin Chronicle
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