Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 13
  2. Negative: 7 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Jan 22, 2013
    As a bare-knuckle assault on the corruption that has come to define the creeping rot of American politics, Knife Fight is neither as satirical as Barry Levinson's "Wag the Dog" nor as incisive and wrenching as George Clooney's "The Ides of March," but it's a noble, shocking and inspired film worthy of attention.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Jan 25, 2013
    It pales beside the best down-and-dirty political movies (ranging from "The Candidate" to "The Manchurian Candidate") because, finally, it lacks the courage of its own lowdown convictions.
  3. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Jan 31, 2013
    It's a forgettable series of bullet points barely strung together by charismatic performances.
  4. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Jan 24, 2013
    Playing like a mashup of tropes from far superior small- and large-screen entertainments (Scandal, House of Lies, Ides of March), this clunky feature from Bill Guttentag is satire at its most soft-bellied and toadying.
  5. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Jan 28, 2013
    Aims to be a cutting-edge portrait of cutthroat political machinations. But it's a mostly toothless affair that, like so many of our current political figures, proves alienating.
  6. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Jan 23, 2013
    Throughout, Knife Fight feels like TV, like a half-season of some promising cable show stuffed into a 98-minute film that never really builds or surprises.
  7. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Jan 24, 2013
    You'd hope a political-insider indie reuniting "West Wing" stars Rob Lowe and Richard Schiff, and informed by the experiences of an actual former spin doctor, would be a small delight. You would be wrong.
  8. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    Jan 24, 2013
    For those of you who felt "Ides Of March" was entirely too cerebral and challenging, here comes the dunderheaded Knife Fight. A political satire that treads no new ground, this name-heavy comedy wastes an engaging central performance by Rob Lowe.
  9. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Jan 25, 2013
    The tone of Knife Fight is mean until the movie flips a switch and turns pious and mawkish as Paul tries to make amends for past sins. Whether playing it sleazy or noble, Mr. Lowe brings little emotional weight to his role.
  10. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Jan 24, 2013
    The underwhelming, would-be political satire Knife Fight plays more like a failed network TV pilot than the savvy feature it clearly set out to be. Think: Aaron Sorkin-lite, uh, really, really lite.
  11. Reviewed by: John Barber
    Jan 24, 2013
    Means and ends meet briefly, shrug and disappear under a torrent of self-flattering clichés.
  12. Reviewed by: Nick McCarthy
    Jan 22, 2013
    Bill Guttentag exaggerates the absurd lengths advisors go to win an election and yet ultimately aggrandizes their behavior.
  13. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Jan 22, 2013
    Thanks to his pitch-perfect portrayal of Parks and Recreation's Type A–personality-run-amuck boss, we're willing to forgive Rob Lowe for virtually anything. This pitiful excuse for a political satire, however, seriously tests that theory.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Feb 19, 2013
    Though the acting isn't up to par, it's still better than most multi-million dollar movies you see in theaters these days. I watched this asThough the acting isn't up to par, it's still better than most multi-million dollar movies you see in theaters these days. I watched this as being a fan of the band AFI (Davey Havok is Jimmy in this movie), and I can say that everyone did their part as good as they could. The story is really slow at the start (why it lost 2 points from perfection for me), I kind of started to daze off but it gets a tad bit funny and the story picks up towards the end.
    Overall i'd recommend it.
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  2. Feb 4, 2013
    I only watched this because of the cast (Saffron Burrows, Jamie Chung, Jennifer Morrison, Julie Bowen, yes, I am indeed male, lol) but I wasI only watched this because of the cast (Saffron Burrows, Jamie Chung, Jennifer Morrison, Julie Bowen, yes, I am indeed male, lol) but I was thoroughly entertained with the humour in this (mild mannered) Political Satire. Now I'm from the UK and I got all the in jokes so why are the critics kicking this decent movies teeth in?

    Anyhoo, the acting in this was great and watching the political sidestepping and back biting was funny because although there was nothing truly original it was done brilliantly. Rob Lowe plays Paul, a political fixer and we follow him as he deals with some of his client's troubles which I found both interesting and very funny most of the time. Jamie Chung played the assistant really well and was probably better in this than anything I've seen her in like the truly awful 'Man With The Iron Fists'. One of her tasks is keeping an eye on the media for news and also when they do those political broadcasts that tell how sleazy the other guy is. Those things are amazing and in bad taste if you ask me but I'm a Brit so I don't see those things over here (yet).

    This has a great cast and I actually knew most of them which is unusual for a low budget movie and everyone, without exception was great. I really liked the script and checking on IMDb I see it's written/directed by Bill Guttentag who I don't know and have never seen his work but I thought this was good. The cinematography was always interesting as were the characters so I was entertained from the very start. I honestly don't understand why this film isn't liked more but hey, each to their own.


    Score: 7/10
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