The American President
The American President (1995)

How does the widowed leader of the free world balance his many obligations to his country with the ordinary demands and everyday rites of courtship? When President Andrew Shepherd, quite unexpectedly, falls in love with Sydney Wade, an… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: November 17, 1995
DVD Release Date: August 31, 1999
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A charming romantic comedy with political bite, Rob Reiner's American President features strong lead performances and some poignant observations of politics and media in the 1990s.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Part romantic comedy, part Capra-corny political drama, this movie exudes so much sympathy, it sweats.

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Genial middlebrow fare that coasts a long way on the charm of its two stars.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A genial and glossy middle-brow rom/com blended together with corny Capra-like political drama.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

With great looks, a dandy supporting cast, a zinger-filled screenplay by Aaron Sorkin and Mr. Douglas twinkling merrily in the Oval Office, The American President is sunny enough to make the real Presidency pale by comparison.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Great entertainment.

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Emanuel Levy

Light, fluffy romantic comedy, well acted by Michael Douglas.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Genial and entertaining if not notably inspired.

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Tom Keogh

You can't dislike this movie, but you won't be swept away by it either.

Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media

Witty, wise, and idealized political romance.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Sanjay Rema
This is a very good romantic dramedy. Douglas and Bening put on fine performances and display great chemistry. It is Sorkin's screenplay, however, that… More
Thomas Bowler
A funny and tender romance movie with a cracking script from Aaron Sorkin. Full review later.
Cassie Hill
From the moment that Douglas & Bening meet in the oval office you know that this is going to be a movie that you'll want to watch over & over again… More
Dan Schultz
A decent but flawed and overrated look on the idea of a widower President trying his chances at love while he's still in office during the start of his… More
Flutie Archibald
Netflix said I'd give it 5 stars...They almost got it right.
Lenny Muggsy
Romance/Drama/Comedy with a great cast, Douglas and Sheen running the country, looking good like Rob Reiner on a diet.

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