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  • Series Premiere Date: May 25, 2008
  • Season #: 1
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 32 Ratings

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  • Summary: The hanging chad is recounted in HBO's TV movie featuring Kevin Spacey, Denis Leary, John Hurt, Tom Wilkinson, Ed Begley Jr., and Laura Dern.
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 25
  2. Negative: 3 out of 25
  1. 100
    Director Jay Roach and writer Danny Strong do a superb job of putting you back in the 36-day marathon about the outcome of the 2000 presidential election in Florida. Don't want to go there? You'll miss a brilliant cast headed by Kevin Spacey and Denis Leary.
  2. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    80
    Smart, star-studded and anchored by another fine-tuned performance from Kevin Spacey, Recount finds the sweet spot between theatrical fare and TV that's precisely the constituency HBO wants to reach.
  3. 80
    Written with an eye for telling detail by Danny Strong, and directed in surprisingly nimble fashion by blockbuster-comedy wrangler Jay Roach (of the Austin Powers movies and Meet the Parents fame), it has the peculiarly alchemic structure of a nail-biting tragi-farce.
  4. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    70
    While it's not a great TV movie--it's basically a high-class Movie of the Week, a docudrama that dramatizes events you'll recall from the news at the time if you were following it--it's nonetheless a gripping recounting (ha!) of a Presidential drama that was pretty gripping at the time to begin with.
  5. Recount effectively dramatizes that struggle, mixing a true-to-life script with real news footage.
  6. HBO's Recount is an entertaining political drama, one in which both Democrats and Republicans get dinged, but the film is clearly sympathetic toward the underdog Democrats.
  7. 30
    HBO's Recount fails. Invented dialogue and actions attributed to real-world figures play side by side with, and are indistinguishable from, verifiable actions and events that took place in Florida in 2000.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. MarvinH.
    May 26, 2008
    10
    Thought the movie was well to the point and frustrations that the American people endured during that time, Looking at the times that we are Thought the movie was well to the point and frustrations that the American people endured during that time, Looking at the times that we are having today only makes you wish that the movie could have had an alternate ending that could have came to pass. Expand
  2. Chrisinflorida
    May 25, 2008
    10
    excellent. Especially Dern who gets Harris down perfectly.
  3. NikitaG.
    May 26, 2008
    10
    A true and disgusting story that was beautifully told! Great acting. Surprisingly decent accuracy. Every American should see this film, A true and disgusting story that was beautifully told! Great acting. Surprisingly decent accuracy. Every American should see this film, especially those who were confused by the B.S. "politician" jumbo that was spewed at the time of the events. Kudos!!! Expand
  4. PeterA.
    May 25, 2008
    9
    I've seen the film, and I was surprised how it challenged my (Democratic) preconceptions. Although it was a tough legal battle, I I've seen the film, and I was surprised how it challenged my (Democratic) preconceptions. Although it was a tough legal battle, I wasn't able to put my finger on anything that the Republicans did that was so terribly wrong in this "street fight for the presidency." (The only exception was the purging of the voting rolls, something that happened long before the story began.) What "docudrama" can ever be the final word on any moment of history? It can't. But the drama can provoke us into examining the facts -- and our prejudices. Expand
  5. WilliamB.
    May 26, 2008
    9
    This was gripping and outstanding from start to finish. No matter your political affiliations (or afflictions) this was a spot-on docudrama, This was gripping and outstanding from start to finish. No matter your political affiliations (or afflictions) this was a spot-on docudrama, and much better than anything I've seen in a theatre in many months. Expand
  6. TimC.
    May 26, 2008
    9
    Great drama, made recent history come alive and worked as an entertaining political drama better than I thought it could....Cast is great, Great drama, made recent history come alive and worked as an entertaining political drama better than I thought it could....Cast is great, Wilkinson stood out to me. Expand
  7. ElliottM.
    Jun 1, 2008
    2
    Annoying acted and very poorly written. I'm as irked as the next person about the 2000 election debacle, but this is pathetic.

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