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  • Summary: This satirical comedy uses a high school election as the backdrop to take an uncommon look at ambition, morality, desire, love and the lies we never cease telling ourselves. (Paramount Pictures)
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  1. Positive: 30 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. With Election, Payne announces himself as one of the keenest purveyors of the scattered pieces that once was an American morality.
  2. 100
    This is a nearly flawless little film, a cheerful nightmare that knows just where it wants to go and uses precisely calibrated comic effects to get there.
  3. 90
    Election is a bracingly intelligent adult comedy that shrewdly captures adolescence.
  4. 88
    Election has the sharpest satire of any teen movie made in years. Like the best lampoons, it attacks by exaggerating reality ever-so-slightly and targeting a broad range of subjects.
  5. 78
    A fine, near-seamless film that finally suffers slightly from an inability to wrap up its tale.
  6. 70
    Election is finally, necessarily, as much about sex as it is about politics -- wanting it, getting it, losing it.
  7. Dumb, dumb, dumb.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
  3. Negative: 2 out of 23
  1. Aug 23, 2010
    10
    Rigged: Routines and Dreams in Alexander Payneâ
  2. Jul 13, 2014
    10
    Election is a spot on movie about elections, characters and black comedy mixed in for fun. The actors
    give great lines and they feel like
    their the character's, they don't seem like they are acting when you watch the movie. Election is one of the best comedy-dramas of the last twenty years ! Expand
  3. Jun 29, 2014
    10
    Election is one of the smartest and funniest movies you will see. Reese Witherspoon and Matthew Broderick give excellent acting. Broderick's role is his best next to Ferris Bueller. The character's are fascinating and there is plenty of dark comedy in the movie. Broderick as Jim Mcallister tries to prevent Tracy from winning the high school election. He throws someone into the running who's a jock. He hopes he'll win instead of Tracy. Broderick is sleazy, and his sleaziness leads to hilarious moments. A comedic classic with first rate directing and acting, one of my favourites ! Expand
  4. Jul 21, 2014
    10
    Election has plenty of laughs and wit to entertain anyone who likes black comedies. The cast is very
    amusing and the movie has great
    direction. Election is a hilarious, diverse comedy-drama. Expand
  5. Feb 19, 2012
    9
    This movie is so great and unique! I am not particularly fond of Matthew Broderick, and he is really detestable in this movie, but he plays a douche bag to perfection. Reese Witherspoon is also on point. Seriously, this movie is an unusual treat. I can't really compare it to anything else I have seen. Expand
  6. Feb 7, 2014
    8
    Acerbic humor and subtly brilliant performances highlight Alexander Payne's "Election," a brilliantly dark film with mirthfully unlikable characters and some playfully indelible imagery. Expand
  7. Jun 7, 2013
    7
    Having been involved in a scandal resulting in a high school teacher losing his job and family Tracy Flick (Witherspoon) is determined to win the election for student-body president. When her teacher, Mr. McAllister (Broderick), realises he may be forced to spend the next year working closely with a girl he can't stand he convinces the popular, but not particularly bright, Paul Meltzer to run against her.

    A satirical comedy of the American electoral process Election has a dark sense of humor throughout with much of the comedy arising from the gradual unraveling of Mr. McAllister's life and it is largely thanks its more subtle nature that it managers to differentiate itself from the endless string of high-school movies of the late nineties. Resisting the temptation to utilise the usual cliched high school characters Election fully explores the motivations of each of the, very well cast, main characters with Reece Witherspoon in particular playing her role to perfection. As relevant now as it was when released Election would make an excellent addition to any movie collection.
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