Recount

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  • Series Premiere Date: May 25, 2008
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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. Sure enough, HBO's "Recount" is replete with inside politics. But it also has well-written characters, first-class acting and confident directing, which produces a level of tension and suspense you wouldn’t expect in a story about a widely reported recent event.
  4. Even viewers who had thought they never wanted to hear about a dimpled chad again will find that Recount moves along at a satisfying clip and can make the old drama and suspense seem surprisingly fresh.
  5. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    60
    A watchable and skillfully made telefilm (Jay Roach of "Austin Powers" fame directed) that is, nonetheless, marred by a melodramatic reliance on Good vs. Evil, and guess which side is which?
  6. 60
    Assuming that you share its sense of outrage at what Jim Baker and Supremes wrought (in a decision they declared a one-off, not applicable to any future rulings), the movie offers easy targets and conclusions. But to intimate there was a way to “win” if only everyone had played fair, Recount has to back off the entrenched problems and the more horrific conclusion, that the system is rigged and no matter who plays it, the end is the same.
  7. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    30
    The one redeeming factor here is Laura Dern, who puts that elastic jolie laide mug of hers to memorable use as Katherine Harris. The performance makes you wish that Recount--which does contain a few fine moments of wild farce--had instead been created as a seven-episode sitcom playing out from her point of view.

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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!!! Collapse
  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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