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When the mischievous antics of a precocious 12-year-old girl result in the outcome of the United States presidential election hinging on the vote of her apathetic, likable loser of a father, the man who thought that life had long since passed him by is reluctantly thrust into the national spotlight in this political-themed comedy starring Kevin Costner. Bud Johnson (Costner) is your typical American -- a simple man and loving father who never would have thought he had the power to change the world. Though when election day finally arrives and Bud prepares to cast his ballot, his overachieving… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 38%

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"It's a sentiment Capra might well have echoed, though he would surely have punched up the gags while he was at it."
‑ Tom Charity, CNN.com
"It is neither appreciably better nor dramatically worse than its hokey, please-describe-me-as-'Capraesque' premise."
‑ Christopher Orr, The New Republic
"Swing Vote has its moments, especially when Grammer or Hopper are around, but it's trying to do too much ... there's so many ideas floating around in there, it all ends up being very shallow."
‑ Joshua Starnes, ComingSoon.net
"...a thoroughly affable piece of work that makes up in easy-going entertainment what it lacks in plausibility."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Goes for cheap laughs with its politics, but wins back at least some respect when it presents its central characters as real people and their issues as immune to instant cure."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"He shoots simultaneously for 'wake up, America!' inspiration and good ol' boy charm but ends up putting both barrels through his own cowboy-booted foot."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"One minute you're laughing at its sendup of the political process, and the next you're stricken by the sorry state of the sweet and brainy protagonist's family."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"People like to make fun of Kevin Costner, and sometimes he deserves it. But when he gets his laid-back, rascally mojo going, he can become a most agreeable screen companion for a couple of hours"
‑ Matt Soergel, Florida Times-Union
"It's a predictable, feel-good fantasy in the mould of a political satire and the result is a good one."
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"I's unclear how we're supposed to respond."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Not a bad movie, probably OK to rent on DVD, but I'm saying don't rush to the theaters."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"One of the most surprising, politically suggestive movies to come out of Hollywood this year."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"Swing Vote seems to be suggesting that the voter deserves a better class of candidate; allow me to suggest that the viewer deserves a better class of film."
‑ Sonny Bunch, Washington Times
"Swing Vote suggests that a few hours of cramming is enough--our brief run-in with Palin confirms that it's not."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"A film that never seems entirely sure of what it's really about."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
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