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The 2008 U.S. presidential campaign shifts into high gear after Arizona senator John McCain (Ed Harris) picks Alaska governor Sarah Palin (Julianne Moore) to be his running mate in the general election against Barack Obama. Based on the book Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin. ~ Joe Friedrich, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Try as the filmmakers might, it just isn't the same. How could it be, really?"
‑ Alec MacGillis, The New Republic
"The constant use of actual news footage adds a bit of verisimilitude but also constantly raises the question of why this lightly fictionalized version of the election actually needs to exist."
‑ Alex Pareene,
"It's a comedy, for at least 30% of its running time, leaving the rest a condensed, perplexing vision of Washington ambition and insistent ego, leaving the movie somewhere between a cartoon and a mean-spirited prank."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"It plausibly lays out Palin's path from unsteady candidate to confident (or arrogant) rogue player."
‑ Tom Gliatto, People Magazine
"Game Change might have felt fresh had it hit the airwaves in 2010, but in 2012 it's just more of the same."
‑ Ethan Alter, Television Without Pity
"Actress Moore makes one actually feel sorry for Sarah Palin at points in this wonderful film."
‑ Liz Smith, Chicago Tribune
"Game Change, which explores how smart people make dumb decisions, is a movie for all of us."
‑ Brian Dickerson, Detroit Free Press
"The reality is that HBO's Game Change makes a bad showing by arming game and gifted players with a weak and labored script."
‑ Mark Dawidziak, Cleveland Plain Dealer
"That it works is testament to an astounding, Emmy-worthy performance by Moore, who plays Palin with nuance, and without a trace of parody."
‑ Chuck Barney, Contra Costa Times
"The most egregious fault to be found here is that Roach and Strong succumb to the same indulgences as the news media they're so happy to critique."
‑ Chris Cabin, Slant Magazine
"The dramatic re-creations are somewhat uneven: The convention staging is quite convincing, the campaign trail less so."
‑ David Hiltbrand, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The movie is more balanced than I expected."
‑ Linda Stasi, New York Post
"Game Change is not one-sided, exactly. It is, instead, uneven and episodic."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
"We're no longer disappointed that Tina Fey didn't get the role that ended up going to Julianne Moore."
‑ Natalie Finn, E! Online
"Game Change is a big disappointment, a broadside at a very big target, and a waste of some impressive talent in front of and behind the camera."
‑ Alan Sepinwall, HitFix
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