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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As satire, it's toothless and indulgent; as drama of conscience, it's not a patch on real life..."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"The movie itself makes no judgment. It's smart enough to ask you to do that by yourself and for yourself."
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"Well-acted drama full of Clinton-era jabs."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"The film owes a few doggie bones to "Wag the Dog," which came first in pointing out what Primary Colors only seconds."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"It used to be that we had to wait 20 years for the fictionalization of history -- now that gap seems to have closed to less than five years. Kinda sad. But also kinda entertaining!"
‑ Chris Gore, Film Threat
"A smart and savvy piece of work."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Adapting Joe Klein's roman a clef of the same name, ferociously witty screenwriter Elaine May and her smooth old compatriot in comedy, director Mike Nichols, have made a zingy drama and have staffed it well."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"A savvy and thought-provoking look at the nature of contemporary American politics."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Primary Colors successfully straddles the line between comedy and tragedy."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"John Travolta has himself a good deal of fun with his take-off on President Clinton."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Travolta's warmth and expansiveness effectively amplify and embellish the likable and personable side of Stanton."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"The movie is endlessly inventive and involving."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Travolta is amazingly Clintonesque as Stanton, a role that I never believed he could pull off."
‑ Jon Popick, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Primary Colors becomes a political morality play, and quite frankly, its mechanics cause it to crawl in across the finish line."
‑ Gary Brown, Houston Community Newspapers
"an alarmingly topical comedy-drama that dredges up far more issues than it can address in its two-and-a-half hours. But give Nichols, writer Elaine May and everyone else an 'A' for effort."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
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