The American President

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67

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 20 Ratings

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 100
    Watching The American President, I felt respect for the craft that went into it: the flawless re-creation of the physical world of the White House, the smart and accurate dialogue, the manipulation of the love story to tug our heartstrings.
  2. Time
    Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    90
    As bustling and impassioned as the best Sturges and Capra movies, this one captures both the purposeful edginess of Administration Pooh-Bahs (Martin Sheen, Michael J. Fox, David Paymer and Samantha Mathis--nice jobs, all) and the isolation of the President. [20 Nov 1995, p.117]
  3. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    88
    A super cast injects it with Teddy Roosevelt vitality. [17 Nov 1995, p.D1]
  4. The New Republic
    Reviewed by: Stanley Kauffmann
    70
    But for those who can summon up the talismanic "what if," The American President provides chuckles and tingles, even a few sobs. [18 Dec 1995, p.28]
  5. Wittily scripted, engagingly sappy, completely implausible and unabashedly Capraesque, it's a rather wonderful crock.
  6. 63
    It comes across as painfully politically correct, offering trite sermons on various "hot-button" issues (gun control and the greenhouse effect). The narrative follows an unwavering by-the-numbers strategy with an ending that echoes the "cornball" of Al Pacino's climactic Scent of a Woman speech.
  7. It's a shame that the movie whose coattails these wonderful actors are attached to is such an empty suit.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Dec 31, 2012
    10
    This is a well crafted motion picture from beginning to end. You can feel yourself going through time to a simpler time. The cast and theThis is a well crafted motion picture from beginning to end. You can feel yourself going through time to a simpler time. The cast and the acting that they do is perfect from top to bottom if there if a bottom. This movie is in my top ten along with Casablanca and Citizen Kane. Try this movie and I promise that you will not be disappointed. Expand
  2. peterd
    Oct 21, 2006
    10
    Flawless romantic fantasy with all of the pleasure of being inside the presidency - later to be turned into the West Wing.
  3. May 3, 2011
    7
    A fun political rom-com. As a huge fan of "The West Wing," I thought it was fun to see the film that started it all, but also had higherA fun political rom-com. As a huge fan of "The West Wing," I thought it was fun to see the film that started it all, but also had higher expectations of the dialogue and writing. It was also a little weird seeing Martin Sheen as the chief of staff. Expand

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