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When long-term congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) commits a major public gaffe before an upcoming election, a pair of ultra-wealthy CEOs plot to put up a rival candidate and gain influence over their North Carolina district. Their man: na´ve Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis), director of the local Tourism Center. At first, Marty appears to be the unlikeliest possible choice but, with the help of his new benefactors' support, a cutthroat campaign manager and his family's political connections, he soon becomes a contender who gives the charismatic Cam plenty to worry about. As Election… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

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"Despite the obviousness of its political points, the film has a scattershot, breezy appeal."
‑ Bruce Diones, New Yorker
"It's way over the top, but then again, so are most modern political campaigns. Lots of funny s--- here."
‑ Richard Roeper, Richard
"You keep waiting for the movie to say something, to find that extra level of inspiration we've seen each of these two guys reach. Or at least to justify making a political comedy in the first place."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"But for all its silliness, THE CAMPAIGN fixes what's broken in American politics with easy laughs and sharp truths."
‑ Meredith Borders, Badass Digest
"We're not quite at the basic Jay Leno level of 'har har, politicians are shallow double-talkers!' humor, but sometimes we're dangerously close."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"What these dog days of political campaigning needs is a good, sharp political satire. Alas, The Campaign is not that movie -- not even close."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"[A] very raunchy and sometimes pretty funny comedy - which isn't above going for dumb jokes, but is also smart enough to play to its two stars' strengths."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"It is meticulously bipartisan in its ridicule, from the right's embrace of God and guns, to the left's disingenuous stance against fat cats and big money."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"Funny and entertaining, it's not a heavyweight contender, but who wants a heavyweight contender every time?"
‑ Catherine Bray, Film4
"Jay Roach's The Campaign can be funny at times, but it's mostly an exercise of patience as two usually funny men scrape the bottom of the barrel for some truly unfunny jokes. Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis have both been in much better films."
‑ Jeremy Lebens, We Got This Covered
"Simply taken as a broad character comedy, "The Campaign" definitely has its moments."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir,
"This movie is single-handedly causing a major rise in our mirth deficit. It's so bad, I'm declaring a laugh emergency."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"The problem with situation comedy movies in general - and Will Ferrell vehicles such as The Campaign in particular - is that they usually fizzle out after the first 30 minutes."
‑ Matt Kelemen, Las Vegas CityLife
"Poking fun at the nastiness of elections, The Campaign finally brings together two of Hollywood's funniest comedians."
‑ Tom Glasson, Concrete Playground
"A hopelessly broad and undisciplined comedy that features a small handful of amusing ideas but otherwise represents a major missed opportunity for rich Stateside election year satire."
‑ Brent Simon, Screen International
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