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Warren Beatty directed, co-produced (with Pieter Jan Brugge), co-scripted (with Jeremy Pikser), and stars in this political satire, a comedy drama about a U.S. senator who decides to start speaking the truth. Despondent California senator Jay Bulworth (Beatty), up for re-election, is disillusioned by the usual campaign banalities; his marriage to Constance (Christine Baranski) seems equally hollow. In the midst of a nervous breakdown, Bulworth goes without sleep or food for three days and takes out a ten-million-dollar insurance policy on himself while arranging his own assassination. Drinking… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's a sharp, brave movie, a little ragged around the edges, but that's to its advantage."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"As writer, director and star, Beatty flails all over the screen, but he's also made the only recent political satire that draws blood."
‑ Charles Taylor, Salon.com
"This charming, Capraesque political fable demonstrates the viability of Warren Beatty as writer, director and star; it's his last decent film."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A liberal call to action -- a satire driven by equal parts disgust and hope."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"While the ending is predictable and unsatisfying, the political issues that the film raises (racism, et. al) are worthy of further discussion."
‑ Chris Gore, Film Threat
"What gives Bulworth its unique character is that all this silliness is periodically punctuated by cogent, carefully thought-out mini-manifestos..."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"A shrewd political observer for decades, Beatty has fashioned a hilarious morality tale that delivers a surprisingly potent, angry message beneath the laughs."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"Smug but fun political satire for adults only."
‑ Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
"Beatty is a very shielded actor, but he shrewdly finds ways to work within his limitations, and Bulworth is a tour-de-force for him."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"one of the hardest-hitting and unblinkingly brave political satires to hit American screens since "Dr. Strangelove.""
‑ Brandon Judell, Critics Inc./America Online
"Bulworth works, with both urbanity and chutzpah, by viewing political puppeteering with an all-purpose jaundiced eye."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Bulworth is an angry movie, but Beatty is savvy enough to recognize that people respond better to comedies than serious "issue films," so he has camouflaged his message beneath the surface of this original, incisive satire."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Manages to courageously and seriously address political issues head-on while remaining a funny and entertaining romp."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Jaw-droppingly abysmal. Seldom has a major star embarrassed himself so badly."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, FulvueDrive-in.com
"A middling funny film with a good, if silly, performance by Warren Beatty, and not much more."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
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