Advise and Consent
Advise and Consent (1962)

The first of Allen Drury's "all names changed to protect the guilty" political novels, Advise and Consent was brought to the screen by producer/director Otto Preminger. The film hinges upon the appointment of Robert… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 6, 1962
DVD Release Date: May 10, 2005
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

The settings are powerfully like real. A Senate hearing room, the Senate itself, a party home in immediate Washington and varying apartments plus a place in DC suburbia all have the look of genuineness.

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Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight

You can't hire a judge without breaking a few nerves. This insightful political film is terrific.

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TV Guide

Incisive, sometimes brutal, study of American high politics, based on Allen Drury's best-selling novel, featuring outstanding performances from the leads and a great collection of character actors.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

Grips like a vice thanks to the skill with which Preminger's stunning mise en scène absorbs documentary detail.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Viewing it today, its quaintness and timidness make it seem out of step with the even more insidious contemporary times.

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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

Subestimado em sua própria época e injustamente esquecido por muitos nos dias de hoje, este olhar complexo e fascinante sobre os bastidores de Washington permanece atual em sua maneira rica e ambígüa de tratar seus temas e personagens.

Bosley Crowther
New York Times

There are many other dull and naughty characters in this brisk whirl on the Washington merry-go-round.

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Emanuel Levy

A poignant, biting expose of the American political process, boasting a large ensemble of terrific actors (Fonda, Laughton), Preminger's saga set the trend of future, more sensationalitsic political melodramas like Fail Safe and All the President's Men.

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The star of this absorbing, mature piece is the American political process itself, which with all its corruption and decency is, or at least seems to be, captured in authentic detail.

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Christian C
A brilliant examination of American politics, blind hypocrisy, idealism, and self-interest. For my money, it's one of Don Murray's finest… More
Jeffrey Meyers
A great political drama full of marvelous performances from all involved. Ahead of itsâ(TM) time in the examination of political witch hunts and blackmail, as… More
Michael Gildea
The prospect of a great ensemble cast, Otto Preminger directing and tale of political ugliness surrounding the confirmation of a new Secretary of State should… More
Chris Browning
"Advise and Consent" is a political drama and also the last of Charles Laughton's performances and features a solid performance along with the… More
jay nixon
Excellent political drama with top flight cast, obviously some dated attitudes but that aside a very interesting film. And Betty White even pops up as the… More
Alec Barniskis
Its a bit scatterbrained for my taste, as it shifts back and forth between characters at odd moments. It also spends way too much time on the build-up to the… More