The Ides of March
The Ides of March (2011)

The Ides of March takes place during the frantic last days before a heavily contested Ohio presidential primary, when an up-and-coming campaign press secretary (Ryan Gosling) finds himself involved in a political scandal that threatens to… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 7, 2011
DVD Release Date: January 17, 2012
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: While not exactly exposing revelatory truths, The Ides of March is supremely well-acted drama that moves at a measured, confident clip.

Leonard Maltin
indieWIRE

The world of politics provides all the drama-and satiric fodder-any filmmaker could ask for. And even though the public has shown indifference to such movies in recent years, Hollywood keeps making them...

Charlie McCollum
San Jose Mercury News

This is intelligent filmmaking, and a provocative moral fable. It may not be perfect, but it stands as one of the better, most realistic movies about the way we elect our leaders.

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Mark Jackson
Epoch Times

A well-told tale of filthy politics and betrayal; a virtuoso hat trick (writing, directing, and starring) by George Clooney. It almost makes you wish he'd stop acting and run for office.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

At its best, the film is like a political version of Sweet Smell of Success, another movie where the corruption was so rampant it gleamed.

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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic

From the film's ideological vantage point, moderate Democrats are Machiavellian devils, and Republicans are an inconceivable evil looming on a distant horizon, like the White Walkers in Game of Thrones.

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Sean Axmaker
Seanax.com

It's ultimately less political thriller or election allegory than morality play in partisan dress.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

As for Clooney, when he steps from behind the camera, his candidate exudes an easy, judicious authority.

Tom Long
Detroit News

The Ides of March is a well-made actors showcase and fine film. But it never finds that more.

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Kong Rithdee
Bangkok Post

Despite the puddles, it all seems a little too clinical. It's Giamatti and Hoffman who turn up to chew the scene, intensely yet effortlessly, and it's only too bad the narrative relegates them to the sidebar.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Clooney proves again that he knows how to direct intelligent films that rely on a great dialogue, and this intriguing character study is gripping from the first… More
paul sandberg
The profession of politics is a tawdry, sordid affair; the practice of which can warp one's morals and corrupt one's soul. There, I've said it.… More
xGary Xx
The press secretary and true believer of an up and coming presidential candidate uncovers a scandal leaving him with a moral dilemma that could potentially… More
Christian C
This is my favorite political thriller of all time. Gosling and Clooney can do no wrong.
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Chris Weber
Based on some play I had previously never heard of, this is the third directorial effort from co-writer and star George Clooney. The story concerns an… More