Silver City
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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 with a bad habit of mangling the English language and a decided lack of political correctness. Dicky is also in the midst of a hard-fought campaign to become governor of Colorado. Dicky's campaign manager, Chuck Raven (Richard Dreyfuss), is a ruthless sort who will leave no stone unturned to see that his candidate wins, so when Dicky snags a dead body while… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 48%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Sayles has assembled a large, eclectic, talented cast."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Drama is too intense for kids and young teens."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Cooper does a terrific job, mimicking Bush's speech and mannerisms as well as his tendency to ramble and go off script with hilarious consequences."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"At its core, Silver City is a biting tirade on the current anti-enviromental policies of the Bush administration."
‑ David Cornelius, eFilmCritic.com
"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."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"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."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"A simple talking, funny-accented greying conservative politician is shown to be a moron."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"Sayles wraps a gripping murder mystery around a rather unsubtle political satire."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"[A] promising but inconsistent mystery."
‑ Steve Schneider, Orlando Weekly
"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."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"Long, windy, diffuse in its message and blunt in its satire."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Too close to reality to be effective as satire."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Sayles traces how rumor, conjecture, and outright lies seep into the [political] discussion and drive it."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
"You can admire Sayles' intentions all you like, but it's hard to defend the film as an artistic accomplishment."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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