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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. KS
    Apr 26, 2007
    This movie was great, and really gives a good view of the bigger picture-American elections and middle class society.
  2. Jul 13, 2014
    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. Aug 23, 2010
    Rigged: Routines and Dreams in Alexander Payneâ
  4. GaborA.
    Feb 28, 2006
    One of the best comedies...movies of all time. Hits the nail right on the head over and over.
  5. Aug 27, 2014
    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 by Witherspoon, Broderick and Kline. Expand
  6. Feb 7, 2014
    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
    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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