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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
Score distribution:
  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
    70
    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

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