Dave (1993)

The ghost of Frank Capra must have smiled when he saw Dave, an amusing and effective update of one of Capra's favorite themes -- the scrupulously honest little guy who becomes a force for good against a corrupt system. Dave Kovic (Kevin… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: May 7, 1993
DVD Release Date: April 28, 1998
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Ivan Reitman's refreshingly earnest political comedy benefits from an understated, charming script and a breezy performance by Kevin Kline.

Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

A genial, expertly played political comedy proves that the spirit of Mr. Smith still lives.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Kline is so polished and resourceful that he can glide his way through even the creakiest bits and make them seem fresh.

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Quentin Curtis
Independent on Sunday

It's opportunistic, superficial, and great fun.

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

It's impossible to say whether Dave will play as wonderfully over the decades as it does right now, but this smooth-as-silk comedy could not be more timely, or connect more hopefully with our current national consciousness.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Though replete with amusing situations and clever lines, its strongest suit is the delicately pitched comic performances of its actors, most especially star Kevin Kline.

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John Ferguson
Radio Times

[A] delightful, gentle satire on the Washington political scene.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

While it's sloppy and draggy in parts, Kevin Kline, in the title role, delivers an ingratiating comedic performance.

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Terrence Rafferty
New Yorker

After the promisingly nasty beginning, the filmmakers settle into a sort of campaign mode, lulling and flattering the audience with a fairy-tale vision of the common man's victory over the Washington establishment.

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Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

Dave isn't too careful about filling plot holes. It does a pretty fair job, however, of making jokes at the expense of the D.C. political scene.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Graham Jones
Frank Capra would be proud. Ivan Reitman's second best film.
Tim Salmons
Not terrific, but it's good to see Ivan Reitman still working.
Mike S
There's something quite magical about 1993. Not only do I count it as one of the best years of my life, but it's one that also brought us some of the… More
Jason Spencer
This is a pretty good movie about something that would never happen. At least I hope it wouldn't happen. There are a few laughs with the fish out of water… More
Lucas Martins
Nothing bad.
Lenny Muggsy
Decent comedy.