Election

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Universal acclaim- based on 201 Ratings

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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. 100
    The satire of the season, a hilarious, razor-sharp indictment of the American Dream.
  2. 100
    A wonderful, piercing and hilarious examination of high school politics and how bitter and ruinous it can become.
  3. Mr. Showbiz
    Reviewed by: Kevin Maynard
    90
    Election is a bracingly intelligent adult comedy that shrewdly captures adolescence.
  4. 88
    Alexander Payne is a director whose satire is omnidirectional. He doesn't choose an easy target and march on it. He stands in the middle of his story and attacks on all directions.
  5. 78
    A fine, near-seamless film that finally suffers slightly from an inability to wrap up its tale.
  6. Surprise! An intelligent, well-written high school story.
  7. TNT RoughCut
    Reviewed by: Christopher Brandon
    40
    Dumb, dumb, dumb.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 26
  2. Negative: 2 out of 26
  1. Sep 17, 2015
    10
    This has got to be one of the greatest movies I've ever seen. It is a very darkly comedic satire that looks into some pretty tough subjectsThis has got to be one of the greatest movies I've ever seen. It is a very darkly comedic satire that looks into some pretty tough subjects for a high school comedy. But, "Election" isn't really just a high school comedy, it is a look at a set of character who are, mostly, pretty pathetic people, who you both despise yet feel very bad for at the same time.
    Alexander Payne has gone on to make a lot more well received comedy dramas including "Sideways", The Descendants", and "Nebraska". I still have yet to see these films, but after watching "election", I'm sure they'll be spectacular!
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  2. Aug 23, 2010
    10
    Rigged: Routines and Dreams in Alexander Payneâ
  3. 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
    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 !
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  4. GaborA.
    Feb 28, 2006
    9
    One of the best comedies...movies of all time. Hits the nail right on the head over and over.
  5. Feb 7, 2014
    8
    Acerbic humor and subtly brilliant performances highlight Alexander Payne's "Election," a brilliantly dark film with mirthfully unlikableAcerbic humor and subtly brilliant performances highlight Alexander Payne's "Election," a brilliantly dark film with mirthfully unlikable characters and some playfully indelible imagery. Expand
  6. Aug 27, 2014
    8
    Alexander Payne showed us his talent with this 90's classic, a great high school film full of great lines and great black comedy. Nice work byAlexander Payne showed us his talent with this 90's classic, a great high school film full of great lines and great black comedy. Nice work by Witherspoon, Broderick and Kline. Expand
  7. Jan 25, 2015
    6
    Election is certainly a very well made and very entertaining little flick (heh) with some great acting from Matthew Broderick and ReeseElection is certainly a very well made and very entertaining little flick (heh) with some great acting from Matthew Broderick and Reese Witherspoon, but I don't know, I just didn't love it. Alexander Payne's direction is great as always and this one is a very interesting film on the ethics of how far one will go to have success and, above all, is an interesting snapshot of life at this particular high school and in the lives of these kids. The writing is also strong, but ultimately, I just felt like this one meandered a bit. All of it is an exercise in ethics and morals, sure, but I wish it stayed more focused on the election rather than focusing on the personal life of Broderick's character or past events at the school. Adding a bit more depth to the race for Student Government President and disregarding other events a bit would ultimately result in a better film in my mind (though obviously some of the events I wish to shrink are necessary, but I don't think they needed to play as much of a role in the overall story as they did). As a whole, I can certainly see why Election is so widely praised, but I just didn't love it, I guess. Expand

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