Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Beatty has fashioned a hilarious morality tale that delivers a surprisingly potent, angry message beneath the laughs.
  2. 88
    Warren Beatty's Bulworth made me laugh -- and wince.
  3. 88
    His movie isn't a surgical attack at this problem and that; it's a cluster bomb intended to reap destruction, make a mess and jolt all who see it to react.
  4. Reviewed by: Dave Kehr
    A brilliant and astounding black comedy.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    Warren Beatty's uproariously rude Bulworth is 90% triumph.
  6. 88
    It has the audacity that “Primary Colors” should have displayed, but was afraid to. Bulworth is willing to openly offend to get its point across. That's something that “Primary Colors” was nervous about doing.
  7. To his credit, Beatty has designed Bulworth along the classic lines of Shakespeare's Fool -- the antic truth-speaker who has the ear of the court.
  8. Reviewed by: Barbara Shulgasser
    The movie hits the ground running, so Beatty the actor is forced to go all out from the start.
  9. This political satire that's as fresh and exhilarating as anything we've seen come out of Hollywood in quite some time.
  10. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    An uncommonly smart, sharp and irreverent American picture.
  11. Warren Beatty sounds off angrily and shrewdly about politics, delivering what is possibly his best film and certainly his funniest and livliest.
  12. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    There are some cheap shots, and there's an argument to be made about whether the film is sending up stereotypes or simply perpetuating them. But for every dubious moment, there are plenty that connect.
  13. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    A dizzying mixture of the sophisticated and the naive, the deft and the clumsy, Bulworth is overstuffed, excessive, erratic -- and essential.
  14. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    The film has a kamikaze comic spirit that's spectacularly disarming.
  15. It's daring, deliberately offensive and, for a comedy, it has far more ideas in it than actual laughs.
  16. Reviewed by: Tom Keogh
    One can be forgiven for leaving the theater feeling a modicum of hope, and for that we owe Warren Beatty something.
  17. Frequently awkward, peppered with moments that make you shake your head, Bulworth's singular nature makes it a film that can't be shrugged off.
  18. Its best moments come from witnessing the Senator's inspired unraveling, not from watching where it will end.
  19. This is a great liberal movie, which is to say, it will be loved most passionately by great liberals, and despised by the conservatives it contemptuously fails to notice.
  20. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    With all its hip-hop and jive, Bulworth may seem new-style -- but actually it's proffering a populism that Frank Capra would have loved.
  21. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    Bulworth shoots along with great vigor, and its non-politically correct jabs are occasionally exhilarating.
  22. 50
    As a movie, it's a disaster. As political speech, it's imprecise, shrill and sometimes clichéd, but it's also alive.
  23. Reviewed by: Richard T. Jameson
    In a season of mechanized spectacle and brain-dead comedies, Bulworth is a brave and bracing exception.
  24. 80
    Beatty's contribution to the ranks of recent political satire is bold, merciless and frequently very funny, and his performance is just plain fearless.
  25. Reviewed by: Chris Gore
    Bulworth has the distinction of being the only summer movie that might make you think and for that, it definitely deserves ample praise.
  26. It's a tease of a satire that never really follows through on its audacious premise.
  27. Reviewed by: Ted Fry
    There are extreme moments that lurch between inspired absurdity and near failure -- but as a ballsy movie about human politics with no correctness in sight, it's a triumph.
  28. Beatty himself is high wattage, revved up, sharp in his comic timing, gleaming with eagerness to put his film across. As director, he carries on from where he left off in “Reds;” he is sure and fluent, and occasionally he tips his hat to the past. [June 8, 1998]

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