Silver City
Silver City (2004)

Celebrated writer and director John Sayles turns his eye to politics in America in this drama. The son of respected Colorado politician Senator Jud Pilager (Michael Murphy), Dicky Pilager (Chris Cooper) is a charming but half-bright man… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 11, 2005
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Critic Score: 48% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Heavy-handed and often dull.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Sayles must have felt the need to weigh in on the last election. But if he was going to do it, a little more planning, writing -- and especially casting -- would have helped.

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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Sayles has assembled a large, eclectic, talented cast.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Drama is too intense for kids and young teens.

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David Denby
New Yorker

The plot of Silver City is movieish in the extreme, with filthy abandoned mines subbing for the bars and alleys of urban noir, but it's no more than mild cheese.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Sayles' prolix narrative, weighed down with subplots and characters and canvassing many social ills, dilutes the impact of a work that should nevertheless still make an impact on thoughtful viewers.

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Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

A simple talking, funny-accented greying conservative politician is shown to be a moron.

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Claudia Puig
USA Today

Though there's nothing wrong with moral outrage, it doesn't always aid the telling of a complex story. More subtlety might have worked better.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Long, windy, diffuse in its message and blunt in its satire.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Too close to reality to be effective as satire.

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Flixster Audience Score: 32% Flixster User Reviews
Rico Zamora
When watching this film and you see the great Chris Cooper playing a dim-witted politician, you won't be able to help relating it to real life. But this… More
Stephen Earnest
There's no doubt that John Sayles has made better films than "Silver City", but that doesn't mean that his film is inferior. No, it has a… More
Byron Brubaker
Nice satire and goofy imitation of W moving up in politics.
Sarah Prisbylla
Although I appreciate the efforts to implore the audience to see George Dubya in Chris Cooper's character, it's all a little too obvious. Not to… More
Walter M.
"Silver City" starts out badly for Colorado gubernatorial candidate, Dicky Pilager(Chris Cooper) who is a son of a current U.S. Senator(Michael… More
Anthony Valletta
Tries hard, but doesn't come to much.