Primary Colors
Primary Colors (1998)

Director Mike Nichols and screenwriter Elaine May crafted a near-perfect adaptation of the 1996 best-seller, a hilarious and troubling fictional account of Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign, and recent events make it only more… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: March 20, 1998
DVD Release Date: September 8, 1998
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Well acted and suprisingly funny.

Mike Clark
USA Today

Primary Colors perfectly captures the spirit of its topic and time to become The Big Chill of politics.

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Todd McCarthy

Travolta's warmth and expansiveness effectively amplify and embellish the likable and personable side of Stanton.

Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Well-acted drama full of Clinton-era jabs.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

As satire, it's toothless and indulgent; as drama of conscience, it's not a patch on real life...

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Susan Stark
Detroit News

The movie itself makes no judgment. It's smart enough to ask you to do that by yourself and for yourself.

Michael Dequina

A savvy and thought-provoking look at the nature of contemporary American politics.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

A smart and savvy piece of work.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The movie is endlessly inventive and involving.

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Jon Popick

Travolta is amazingly Clintonesque as Stanton, a role that I never believed he could pull off.

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
Matthew Slaven
This movie did not age well. There's a scene early in the democratic primary race where everyone in a packed diner is glued to the small television set,… More
Cassandra Maples
#4 Primary Colours Okay, technically, Travolta doesn?t play a president in Primary Colours, he plays a presidential candidate. But it can be argued that… More
xGary Xx
Primary Colours is a political satire following a southern governor who bears a striking resemblance to Bill Clinton on his presidential campaign trail. This… More
jay nixon
Emma Thompson & Kathy Bates stand out but everyone is good. Could have stood trim here and there.
Dan Schultz
A well done, if though occasionally flawed, political comedy/drama that features two golden performances from John Travolta and Kathy Bates. While it does get… More
Sarah Gaish
John Travolta is the spitting image of Bill Clinton in this.