The Ides of March
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"At its best, the film is like a political version of Sweet Smell of Success, another movie where the corruption was so rampant it gleamed."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"From the film's ideological vantage point, moderate Democrats are Machiavellian devils, and Republicans are an inconceivable evil looming on a distant horizon, like the White Walkers in Game of Thrones."
‑ Christopher Orr, The Atlantic
"A brilliant political thriller about strategy, loyalty and idealism that is willing to unmask candidates who build their campaigns on slogans, not policies."
‑ John Hanlon, Big Hollywood
"George Clooney officially passes the impish matinee idol torch to Ryan Gosling in this smart, hella-cool (does Clooney waste his time on any other kind of movie these days?) political drama."
‑ Kristal Cooper, We Got This Covered
"The entire first two thirds of the film have the calm idiosyncratic qualities of a mellowed-out Mamet."
‑ Witney Seibold, CraveOnline
"As for Clooney, when he steps from behind the camera, his candidate exudes an easy, judicious authority."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"The Ides of March is a well-made actors showcase and fine film. But it never finds that more."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Well-produced and well-acted middlebrow entertainment, a political "expose" that will shock only pearl-clutchers and naive dopes."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"George Clooney's latest civics lesson as actor and director, is a down and dirty politics-behind-closed-doors tale...brilliantly acted"
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"The Ides of March boils down to a big breast-beating session within the Democratic caucus"
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"This is intelligent filmmaking, and a provocative moral fable. It may not be perfect, but it stands as one of the better, most realistic movies about the way we elect our leaders."
‑ Charlie McCollum, San Jose Mercury News
"Just about every other scene in the film is a simple pleasure unto itself between the equally confident writing, direction and performances."
‑ William Goss, Film.com
"A gripping, political thriller packed with tremendous performances and supremely confident direction by George Clooney."
‑ Jeffrey Lyles, Lyles' Movie Files
"If the film had been able to get off the ground earlier, this probably would have been a great film. However, with its excellent performances, well-written screenplay, and engaging story, it's still a very good film."
‑ Jeff Beck, Examiner.com
"Modern-day Game of Thrones"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
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