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: January 17, 2012
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72%



Critic Score: 85% 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.

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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John Hanlon
Big Hollywood

A brilliant political thriller about strategy, loyalty and idealism that is willing to unmask candidates who build their campaigns on slogans, not policies.

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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.

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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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Will Leitch
Deadspin

Well-produced and well-acted middlebrow entertainment, a political "expose" that will shock only pearl-clutchers and naive dopes.

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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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William Goss
Film.com

Just about every other scene in the film is a simple pleasure unto itself between the equally confident writing, direction and performances.

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Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files

A gripping, political thriller packed with tremendous performances and supremely confident direction by George Clooney.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
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
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
Cynthia S.
Well done. Great acting. Great cast.....but not the most exciting movie, in my opinion.

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