Swing Vote
Swing Vote (2008)

When the mischievous antics of a precocious 12-year-old girl result in the outcome of the United States presidential election hinging on the vote of her apathetic, likable loser of a father, the man who thought that life had long since… More

Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: May 20, 2008
DVD Release Date: January 13, 2009
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Critic Score: 39% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Despite Kevin Costner providing his most charismatic performance in years, Swing Vote fails to find the right mix of political satire and heartfelt drama.

Tom Charity

It's a sentiment Capra might well have echoed, though he would surely have punched up the gags while he was at it.

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Christopher Orr
The New Republic

It is neither appreciably better nor dramatically worse than its hokey, please-describe-me-as-'Capraesque' premise.

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Annie Wagner
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

It's impossible to resist such a massive onslaught of resources, music, and transparent narrative shortcuts meant to persuade you to exercise your right to vote.

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Wally Hammond
Time Out

He shoots simultaneously for 'wake up, America!' inspiration and good ol' boy charm but ends up putting both barrels through his own cowboy-booted foot.

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Claudia Puig
USA Today

One minute you're laughing at its sendup of the political process, and the next you're stricken by the sorry state of the sweet and brainy protagonist's family.

Joshua Starnes

Swing Vote has its moments, especially when Grammer or Hopper are around, but it's trying to do too much ... there's so many ideas floating around in there, it all ends up being very shallow.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

Not a bad movie, probably OK to rent on DVD, but I'm saying don't rush to the theaters.

Manohla Dargis
New York Times

One of the most surprising, politically suggestive movies to come out of Hollywood this year.

Matt Soergel
Florida Times-Union

People like to make fun of Kevin Costner, and sometimes he deserves it. But when he gets his laid-back, rascally mojo going, he can become a most agreeable screen companion for a couple of hours

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Flixster Audience Score: 41% Flixster User Reviews
Jay Hutchinson
The only redeeming quality of this sad, sad excuse for film is the potential of the young Carroll, however poorly the laughably puerile script may have utilized… More
paul sandberg
In spite of a pretty darned good performance by Costner, the film is pretentious, overblown, unbelievable and just plain obvious. Problems: Costner's… More
Leigh Ryan
Not as bad as most people make it out to be. Yeah, not the best movie around, but it did have its' funny and sweet moments.
Jason Spencer
As a fan of Kevin Costner I like to try and see all his movies. It took me a while to get to this one. It's a "never gonna happen in real life"… More
Chris Weber
A funny farce that is also quite touching and very Capraesque. The central gimmick is not really possible (more than likely), but the film explains it in a way… More
Emily Armstrong
I didn't think I was going to like this movie at all, but I really did. It's about an ignorant American schlubb (the exaggerated everyman) whose… More