Silver City

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5.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 4 out of 9

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  1. TracyR.
    Sep 28, 2004
    9
    The critics need to take a bath. Pointed, intelligent, often funny and sadly resigned to the mess that is our political system, Silver City is just plain well done, unfolding exactly like an investigative story, and ending like most of them are gonna end, with a few survivors somewhat the worse for wear, a no doubt accurate story lost on an obsscure website in cyberspace and the machine The critics need to take a bath. Pointed, intelligent, often funny and sadly resigned to the mess that is our political system, Silver City is just plain well done, unfolding exactly like an investigative story, and ending like most of them are gonna end, with a few survivors somewhat the worse for wear, a no doubt accurate story lost on an obsscure website in cyberspace and the machine grinding on. Not quite Lone Star, but close. Expand
  2. MitchM.
    May 10, 2005
    3
    I give it three stars for good intentions and an A list cast. The dramatic aspect is negligible. I was bored half way through this by-the-numbers political satire that sacrifices action for tedious plot exposition in the form of talk talk talk. The Bush analogy is painfully obvious, and doesn't help the overall gestalt.
  3. Katy
    Sep 17, 2004
    2
    [***SPOILERS***] Really, the 2 is generous. This is easily the worst movie I have seen in years, and I see a lot of movies (avg. 2/week). I'm quite a John Sayles fan, and not a tough critic, but this was really just misery. The acting and timing were as of a bad high school play, especially Danny Huston. Darryl Hannah was good, and her character was pretty funny. Chris Cooper did a [***SPOILERS***] Really, the 2 is generous. This is easily the worst movie I have seen in years, and I see a lot of movies (avg. 2/week). I'm quite a John Sayles fan, and not a tough critic, but this was really just misery. The acting and timing were as of a bad high school play, especially Danny Huston. Darryl Hannah was good, and her character was pretty funny. Chris Cooper did a great George Bush impression. Sayles' message seems to be that the only way to expose the evils of the Republican party or the conservative ideology is to portray conservatives as flat, emotionless, idiots who are either conniving or retarded, but not both. The "righteous" characters weren't much better ... just shallow, well-meaning, boring folks. I could go on and on, but I'll just make specific mention of two of my favorite ridiculous moments (these are SPOILERS, so don't read them if you haven't yet been convinced to avoid this movie). 1) When Danny (remember, he's Mr. sensitive and intelligent liberal thinker) tries to talk to the two Mexican dudes about the murder and they show the slightest hesitation, his first instinct is to threaten to call immigration! How creative, Danny. How very sensitive! Er, or did I mean, racist?! 2) When Danny falls into the water inside the mountain and comes across the toxic waste in the form of *actual* large, yellow barrels marked (snicker) "toxic." It was like an episode of Scooby Doo!! Plus, he suffered zero ill effects from having swum around among those barrels. I wouldn't have let the dude in my car after that one, but he didn't even seem inclined to go take a shower! Seriously, folks. Don't see this. It's not even funny-bad. It's just bad-bad. If you like John Sayles, just see Lone Star or Sunshine State again ... don't let this one tarnish the good image of a perfectly good director. Expand
  4. AndyB.
    Sep 18, 2004
    9
    Great flick. I find it interesting that the Metacritic score quite accurately reflects John Kerry's current poll standings. Reviews always look like this when there is a political bent to a movie.
  5. JeffL.
    Sep 27, 2004
    8
    Entertaining, impeccably cast political thriller/satire about a dimwitted politician (Chris Cooper) from a wealthy family whose run for the governorship of Colorado is rudely interrupted by the inconvenient appearance of a dead body. Cooper is brilliantly funny as the tongue-twisted, W-like candidate who isn't necessarily corrupt, just "user-friendly," as one character says. Other Entertaining, impeccably cast political thriller/satire about a dimwitted politician (Chris Cooper) from a wealthy family whose run for the governorship of Colorado is rudely interrupted by the inconvenient appearance of a dead body. Cooper is brilliantly funny as the tongue-twisted, W-like candidate who isn't necessarily corrupt, just "user-friendly," as one character says. Other standouts in the amazing cast include Richard Dreyfuss as an apoplectic campaign manager, Danny Huston as a campaign worker investigating the death and its political implications, Kris Kristofferson as a wealthy and powerful businessman, Altman regular Michael Murphy (Nashville, the great Tanner '88) as Cooper's Senator father, and a ferociously funny and sexy Daryl Hannah as Cooper's sister (a great year for Hannah on the heels of Kill Bill.) The political satire is sharper than the mystery, but Sayles fans should be pleased with this return to some of the rich topicality of his great ensemble films Lone Star and City of Hope. Expand
Metascore
47

Mixed or average reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 36
  2. Negative: 10 out of 36
  1. It's a dense, winding tale with all of Sayles' razor-sharp dialogue and intrigue. But instead of tracing character paths, Sayles sacrifices solid storytelling in favor of forwarding a political (and environmental) ideology.
  2. 75
    The real action in Silver City happens on the fringes, where the mischief is. Daryl Hannah is spice incarnate as Dickie's sexy screw-up sister. Billy Zane plays a lobbyist with insinuating soullessness. And Dreyfuss feasts on the snappiest lines.
  3. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    30
    An uninvolving muddle.