Bulworth (1998)

Warren Beatty directed, co-produced (with Pieter Jan Brugge), co-scripted (with Jeremy Pikser), and stars in this political satire, a comedy drama about a U.S. senator who decides to start speaking the truth. Despondent California senator… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 22, 1998
DVD Release Date: March 16, 1999
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Critic Score: 76% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Star and director Beatty's ambitious take on race and politics in 20th-century America isn't perfect, but manages to provide more than its share of thought-provoking laughs.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out

It's a sharp, brave movie, a little ragged around the edges, but that's to its advantage.

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Charles Taylor

As writer, director and star, Beatty flails all over the screen, but he's also made the only recent political satire that draws blood.

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Gilbert Adair
Independent on Sunday

Beatty is to be congratulated on even attempting to prick America's conscience in these conservative times, but the real reason for seeing it is the panache with which it captures the irresistible flash and filigree of American politics.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

What gives Bulworth its unique character is that all this silliness is periodically punctuated by cogent, carefully thought-out mini-manifestos...

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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle

A shrewd political observer for decades, Beatty has fashioned a hilarious morality tale that delivers a surprisingly potent, angry message beneath the laughs.

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Emanuel Levy

This charming, Capraesque political fable demonstrates the viability of Warren Beatty as writer, director and star; it's his last decent film.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Bulworth works, with both urbanity and chutzpah, by viewing political puppeteering with an all-purpose jaundiced eye.

James Berardinelli

Bulworth is an angry movie, but Beatty is savvy enough to recognize that people respond better to comedies than serious "issue films," so he has camouflaged his message beneath the surface of this original, incisive satire.

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Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media

Smug but fun political satire for adults only.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Thomas Johnston
A decent social/political satire.
Aaron Neuwirth
Bulworth is basically having a midlife crisis and decides to have himself assassinated. Because of this, he doesn't have to care about anything, so he… More
Jason Robinson
One of my all time favorite movies ever. Engaging characters, great humor, and poignant political satire (if you listening closely to Warren Beatty's… More
John Ballantine
Pretty run of the mill crap. I think Beatty was going for a big message and instead he just embarrasses himself. The whole Beatty-Halle Berry romance seems… More
Michael Gildea
Alec Barniskis
I find it terribly fascinating that Beatty would cast himself in a role that calls for him to embarrass himself on a consistent basis. Now, some of that… More