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7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

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  1. TonyB.
    Jan 20, 2006
    9
    This was one of 1998's best films, a sharp political satire that is both very nasty and very funny. Elaine May has written quite a script, and Mike Nichols has directed an excellent cast, all of whom deliver great portrayals. Special honors go to John Travolta, giving one of his best performances, Emma Thompson and Kathy Bates. Many Clinton haters wanted it to go further than it This was one of 1998's best films, a sharp political satire that is both very nasty and very funny. Elaine May has written quite a script, and Mike Nichols has directed an excellent cast, all of whom deliver great portrayals. Special honors go to John Travolta, giving one of his best performances, Emma Thompson and Kathy Bates. Many Clinton haters wanted it to go further than it does, and many Clinton devotees felt it went to far. For me, it was just right. Expand
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70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 30
  2. Negative: 2 out of 30
  1. Guilty, deftly orchestrated fun.
  2. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    90
    It's as wise and funny and revealing as anything ever created by Mike Nichols and Elaine May.
  3. 60
    A slack, tepid picture stuck in a no man's land between satire and drama.