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  • Summary: "The Ides of March" takes place during the frantic last days before a heavily contested Ohio presidential primary, when an up-and-coming campaign press secretary finds himself involved in a political scandal that threatens to upend his candidate's shot at the presidency. (Sony Pictures)
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  1. Positive: 31 out of 43
  2. Negative: 0 out of 43
  1. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Oct 6, 2011
    100
    This taut cautionary tale explores the dark side of American politics. And leaves the viewer to wonder - if anyone's still wondering - is there a bright side?
  2. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Oct 5, 2011
    88
    A cynical, polished and deeply disturbing look at the kind of camera-ready liberal dreamboy who gets elected in 60-second sound bites, it is one of the most important films of the year.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Oct 6, 2011
    80
    The Ides of March doesn't cut as deeply or as sharply as Clooney might like, but at least he found the right actor to navigate its dark emotional twists and turns.
  4. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Oct 6, 2011
    75
    Gosling continues to prove he may the best actor of his generation. His performance in The Ides of March, following his comedic turn in "Crazy, Stupid Love" and his portrayal of a stoic loner in "Drive," proves this actor is capable of practically anything.
  5. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Sep 10, 2011
    70
    The Ides of March says that American politics, no less than Italian, is a beachfront property with sharks surfing the waves. That makes this skeptical, savory movie a fitting offering from Hollywood's suavest ambassador to Venice and the world.
  6. Reviewed by: Angie Errigo
    Oct 24, 2011
    60
    Entertaining while you're watching it but, as deceptive as a party's election promises, there's less to it than meets the eye.
  7. 40
    It's tempting to praise The Ides of March as a realistic depiction of how low we've sunk. But that would mean accepting the second-rate writing and third-rate melodrama and incredible shrinking characters.

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  1. Positive: 63 out of 75
  2. Negative: 7 out of 75
  1. Oct 26, 2011
    10
    With only one word am going to describe this film - AMAZING. I must admit that it is absolutely fantastic. From George Clooney directing toWith only one word am going to describe this film - AMAZING. I must admit that it is absolutely fantastic. From George Clooney directing to Ryan Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Paul Giamatti acting. It will definitely gonna be a strong contender at the upcoming award season. Expand
  2. Dec 30, 2011
    9
    A script risky, envelope, a story that plays with characters who begin to love and then despise the scum they are, the double standards, lackA script risky, envelope, a story that plays with characters who begin to love and then despise the scum they are, the double standards, lack of loyalty, mistrust and manipulation makes this film a true delight. Expand
  3. Dec 6, 2012
    8
    I really liked this one! Gosling and Clooney are both fantastic, as usual. I could not name the last sub-par film either actor has doneI really liked this one! Gosling and Clooney are both fantastic, as usual. I could not name the last sub-par film either actor has done recently. Well written, well directed, well acted. One of the best of 2011. Expand
  4. Jan 18, 2012
    7
    The Ides of March is good political film . The way Clooney put it was amazing . It does gives some amazing example of life . The opening wasThe Ides of March is good political film . The way Clooney put it was amazing . It does gives some amazing example of life . The opening was mixed , after that it turned out great but Ending was a bit disappointing. It felt like they just stop the movie . The Ides of March was good but could be better . Clooney's acting and directing was awesome . Ryan was really made this year . Crazy,stupid,love and Drive & this . he had an amazing year . Expand
  5. Feb 13, 2012
    7
    The Ides of March is one of the movies from the beginnings of George Clooney in the chair of director. As his other filmography here we noticeThe Ides of March is one of the movies from the beginnings of George Clooney in the chair of director. As his other filmography here we notice topics of his own interest, in this case politics. The exciting part is the side that takes this picture when facing the government, because it is the same point of view that the people have; and this is: a tangled entity with dishonest relations where the public image means everything and does not matter what you have to do in order to maintain it.
    This film tells the story of a humble and charismatic man with hunger for the truth that starts a politic career for president of the USA. What he does not know is that you cannot be a good man if you want to enter the tangled entity and there are steps to follow: you must be tough and insensitive, you must be careful with your actions, you must keep in touch with important personalities, you must be very close to the enemy and you must trust no one.
    This movie has great performances, like the ones of George Clooney and Phillip Seymour Hoffman, but the best is Ryan Gosling. Also the script and montage are remarkable. The only thing that is not fulfilled is the direction, it is noticeable that Clooney is starting in this field and there are some details that he needs to solve.
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  6. Jan 8, 2013
    6
    It was good. I liked the screenplay, Clooney is really progressing as a writer but this movie is a cool representation of how politics workIt was good. I liked the screenplay, Clooney is really progressing as a writer but this movie is a cool representation of how politics work but their is no conflict in this movie that is that interesting. Ryan Gosling is fun to watch but this movie doesn't bring much to the table. Expand
  7. Jan 18, 2012
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Up until the suicide, it was a good movie. After that, it was only a shallow attempt at bashing politics and politicians. Politicians just like everyone else use leverage, there is nothing wrong with that. Why would you get into politics if it weren't for a chance to do what you think is right ? We need to demystify power as something evil. Because it is not. This movie leaves you with a bitter feeling and nowhere to go. Expand

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