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The American President
This earnest, intelligent, and well-written romantic comedy is enjoyable and optimistic in classic Hollywood style, even if its idealism doesn't seem quite so credible against the cynical political backdrop of the Nineties. President Andrew Shepherd (Michael Douglas), an unabashedly liberal Democrat, is just gearing up for re-election when he meets an attractive and sharp environmental lobbyist named Sydney Wade (Annette Bening). The two fall in love and the President must soon deal with the political repercussions (Sydney is trying to get legislation through Congress), as well as the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Part romantic comedy, part Capra-corny political drama, this movie exudes so much sympathy, it sweats."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Genial middlebrow fare that coasts a long way on the charm of its two stars."
‑ , Variety
"Light, fluffy romantic comedy, well acted by Michael Douglas."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A potentially good adult romance is undone by a preachy left-wing agenda."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"Predictable and PC, but fun."
‑ Willie Waffle,
"With great looks, a dandy supporting cast, a zinger-filled screenplay by Aaron Sorkin and Mr. Douglas twinkling merrily in the Oval Office, The American President is sunny enough to make the real Presidency pale by comparison."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Great entertainment."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Witty, wise, and idealized political romance."
‑ Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
"Sorkin starts his West Wing warm-up with a winning political rom-com."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Good romantic comedy. Some funny irreverence about the White House, and a well-meaning political message."
‑ Fred Topel,
"Genial and entertaining if not notably inspired."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"You can't dislike this movie, but you won't be swept away by it either."
‑ Tom Keogh,
"as the 1995 film veers away from the romance, into definable (and dated) political issues, it loses some of its magic."
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"Glorious romantic comedy."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"The casting is inspired, with uniformly crisp performances all around."
‑ Jim Shelby, Palo Alto Weekly
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