The Candidate
The Candidate (1972)

Robert Redford stars in this gritty, documentary-like tale of an idealistic, good-natured attorney whose high standards are soiled by his run for political office. Having seen all the dirt in politics as a young man -- his father (Melvyn… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: August 23, 1972
DVD Release Date: October 30, 1997
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Andrew Sarris
Village Voice

Redford fancies himself so superior to the electoral process that he ends up with a completely fatuous characterization of a politician.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Reveals the hollow center of a campaign manipulated by media mercenaries and political Machiavellis who value victory over integrity and substantive moral issues.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

Good early intro to the political machinery behind the candidates, where the emphasis is clearly only focused on winning

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This Hollywood film has passed the test of time and is still a good watch, especially, during an election year.

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Emanuel Levy

The first and arguably the sharpest expose of the new media-determined American political process, The Candidate offers producer-star Redford one of his strongest dramatic roles; Michael Ritchei's 1972 cautionary tale became prophetic in its message

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A left-wing lawyer runs for the Senate, but the campaign forces him to make concessions in his values. Robert Redford, with his natural sense of integrity and… More
Aj V
I recently re-watched this movie, and I didn't like it so much, but if you are interested in politics, unlike me, you'll like it better than I do.… More
Lucas Martins
A satirical and modern political chronicle.
Jeffrey Meyers
Subtle and highly effective direction, combined with a darkly cynical and sometimes comical tone and script, make it a memorable, if not entirely perfect… More
Ken Stachnik
A lot of fun. Reminds me of Bulworth, but not quite as good.
Alec Barniskis
I'm not inclined to hail the movie as the incisive political commentary everyone seems to believe it is. Now I do like a lot of the subtle humor but I just… More