A Perfect Candidate
A Perfect Candidate (1996)

Set in 1994 during the Virginia Senate race between Oliver North and Charles Robb, this documentary explores the dark side of the campaign trail to offer a rather cynical view of the state of democracy by showing how neither candidate… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 21, 1996
DVD Release Date: April 20, 2004
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

What fun it is to watch.

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James Berardinelli

Fascinating, if more than a little depressing

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Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide

An interesting, if uneven, documentary.

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Shrewd, involving

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

One of a small handful of essential films about politics in this country.

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Kat Giantis
Boxoffice Magazine

Plays more like the satirical Bob Roberts than a documentary

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

A fine, trenchant political documentary on a par with The War Room

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Personalities are being sold, not parties or philosophies, and A Perfect Candidate makes that process even more interesting because one candidate, Robb, apparently has no personality at all, while the other, North, has two.

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Steve Davis
Austin Chronicle

Perversely entertaining

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