Knife Fight
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If a political candidate is personally flawed, but stands to make a positive difference in millions of lives, would you help him win? That question looms over the life of "true believer" Paul Turner (Rob Lowe), a savvy strategist sharply maneuvering politicians out of scandal and into public office. With the help of a bright young assistant (Jamie Chung) and a seedy operative (Richard Schiff), Turner spins every news cycle and a shrewd reporter (Julie Bowen) on behalf of his clients: a philandering Kentucky governor (Eric McCormick), a blackmailed California senator (David Harbour),… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 28%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Lowe's Paul is slimy, but, lo and behold, we are supposed to believe that he smells like a rose. He really wants to make the world a better place. His sentiments may be genuine but they come across as a con."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Whether playing it sleazy or noble, Mr. Lowe brings little emotional weight to his role."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"A fun, tack-sharp political drama with satirical underpinnings, buoyed by crisp characterizations."
‑ Brent Simon, Shared Darkness
"Smart, brisk political satire, so smoothly done and performed that it overrides certain weaknesses and a climactic sentimental face change."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Bill Guttentag exaggerates the absurd lengths advisors go to win an election and yet ultimately aggrandizes their behavior."
‑ Nick McCarthy, Slant Magazine
"Meanders aimlessly around too-familiar territory."
‑ Sara Stewart, New York Post
"[An] underwhelming, would-be political satire."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"It could have been an incisive counterpoint to a film like "The Ides of March." Instead, it's a forgettable series of bullet points barely strung together by charismatic performances."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"Another clichéd story of a cynic who gets in touch with his inner idealist..Movies like this give political satire a bad name."
‑ Marshall Fine, Hollywood & Fine
"Cynical and savvy, it's a small film with a big message about the ends justifying the means."
‑ Susan Granger, SSG Syndicate
"An improbable fantasy in which the people who make political advertising emerge as chisel-jawed heroes of democracy."
‑ John Barber, Globe and Mail
"Soulless and two-dimensional, Knife Fight is a black hole of disillusion and spin."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, NPR
"For all the knowing monologues mentioning tax breaks for the rich and diet drinks for the poor, Knife Fight feels squeaky-clean -- a remedial spin class that tells more than it shows."
‑ Nathalie Atkinson, National Post
"A mixed bag, offering a few winning performances and moments of revelation, while the rest scatters aimlessly, in search of structure director Bill Guttentag doesn't provide."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
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