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  • Summary: Swing Vote follows the story of Bud Johnson, an apathetic, beer-slinging, lovable loser, who is coasting through a life that has passed him by. The one bright spot is his precocious, over-achieving twelve-year-old daughter Molly. She takes care of both of them, until one mischievous moment on Election Day, when she accidentally sets off a chain of events which culminates in the election coming down to one vote... her dad's. [Touchstone Pictures] Expand
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 30
  2. Negative: 5 out of 30
  1. 75
    The movie is a genial comedy, but it has significant undertones. Like some of Frank Capra's pictures.
  2. 75
    Swing Vote marries mild satire with Capra-esque melodrama in a formula that works surprisingly well.
  3. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Picture's comic smarts and affecting daddy-daughter drama provide a sturdy platform for its heartfelt advocacy of informed voting and responsible citizenship.
  4. Dusted off and brought up to date, it's still the same old Capracorn – minus the populist pizzazz he might have provided.
  5. Costner (who's also a producer) plays to his middle-aged strengths in a role that exaggerates male weaknesses.
  6. A mainstream, eager-to-please, relatively generic endeavor, not an auteurist showcase.
  7. 0
    Brain-dead political satire/tear-jerker.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 18
  2. Negative: 5 out of 18
  1. ColinG.
    Aug 4, 2008
    Great premise, good film. A Capra-esque story that will appeal to those who like a little hokey and heart-warming in their entertainment. For those who complain this is unrealistic or absurd I would ask if it would improve the realism if Costner ran around in a latex bat suit. Expand
  2. KathleenG.
    Aug 2, 2008
    I was surprised that this movie was as good as it was. I know there were some absurd parts, but I really enjoyed seeing Kostner at his best. What a great job he did! And his daughter was superb. Really worth seeing - a fun and contemplative way to spend a couple of hours. Expand
  3. AllyW
    Aug 8, 2008
    I did not have high expectations, but my wife and I loved this movie. Despite the outrageous premise, the movie was smart, funny, and had moving moments of profound depth. Good performances by the actresses playing Bud's daughter and ex-wife. Expand
  4. JeffH.
    Aug 2, 2008
    Sort of predictable but very fun anyway.Madeline Carroll is a very talented newcomer. Costner plays the good ol redneck very well.
  5. JamesH
    Jul 30, 2009
    Premise was too far fetched, corny the little girl was annoying, it was too liberal and one sided (appealing to gay marriage and anti pro-life) the best part was when he seemed to come to his senses and start preparing to take this "situation" seriously. the best part was when the girl ran away to her mom's house. that was the best part everything leading up to it (except for the portral of the brain dead papparzzi) was pointless. Expand
  6. Red
    Aug 5, 2008
    This movie was a swing and a miss. Between the occansional chuckles and debating whether or not to refill my popcorn I was happy when the movie ended. It really was rather dull which is upsetting because Kevin Costner can do so much better. As for little Madeline Carroll I'd like to say she stole the show... but really their wasn't much of a show to steal. One of the biggest let downs of the movie came towards the end with an unexpected crescendo of emotion. It comes out of no where and feels so disconnected to the rest of the film. To sum it up simply save and your money and don't go to the theatre. Better yet if you do make it out to the local cinema see a real work of art such as "The Dark Knight." Expand
  7. RyanA.
    Jul 30, 2008
    This movie is only good if you are white trash.

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