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The Ides of March

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About the Movie

An idealistic staffer for a newbie presidential candidate gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail. Based on the play by Beau Willimon.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 227
  • Fresh: 190
  • Rotten: 37
  • Average Rating: 7.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Smart and solidly entertaining, thanks to one of the year's top ensemble casts working at the top of its game. – Lou Lumenick, New York Post, Oct 7, 2011

Fresh: This is intelligent filmmaking, and a provocative moral fable. It may not be perfect, but it stands as one of the better, most realistic movies about the way we elect our leaders. – Charlie McCollum, San Jose Mercury News, Oct 7, 2011

Fresh: As for Clooney, when he steps from behind the camera, his candidate exudes an easy, judicious authority. – Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post, Oct 7, 2011

Rotten: The world of politics provides all the drama-and satiric fodder-any filmmaker could ask for. And even though the public has shown indifference to such movies in recent years, Hollywood keeps making them... – Leonard Maltin, indieWire, Oct 14, 2011

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Customer Reviews

Outstanding I given 4 1/2 star out of 5

Very great stroy, good acting and a great performance from Ryan Gosling and George Clooney.


I've never been that big a fan of movies revolving around politics, but I decided to make an exception for "The Ides of March". The film featured a huge ensemble cast, including Ryan Gosling, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and director George Clooney. So being a sucker for practically any flick starring big-name, Oscar-worthy actors, I ended up seeing it with a few friends and, for the most part, we were really impressed. The acting was skillfully emotional and convincing, the score by Alexander Desplat was suitably intense, and the screenplay was often smart and relevant. But perhaps what most struck a chord with me throughout the movie was its phenomenal character study. Gosling does an outstanding job with his role as Stephen Meyers, the junior campaign manager for Mike Morris (Clooney), the last-standing Democratic presidential candidate. Starring as a young, optimistic hotshot who gets caught in the middle of a dirty political scandal he can't get himself out of, Gosling portrays his character with sad-eyed intensity and surprising depth. Clooney also gives an inexplicably committed performance as Morris, who'll do whatever it takes in order to become the next president. Even Hoffman as Paul Zara (Morris' senior campaign manager and Meyers' superior and mentor) delivers his role with commendable credibility. However, there are some problems in the film that could've been greatly improved. The story, for one, attempts to be something completely original when it's already been executed (often much better) in so many other movies before. Plus, the screenplay can take a startlingly long time to pick up any momentum at times, and the film itself doesn't exactly do much to expose any revelatory truths about politics in general. But other than those missteps, I can't say I wasn't pleased with "The Ides of March". Overall, it's an entertaining, supremely well-acted drama that's sure to be a hit at the Oscars. It may not be the best political film out there, but it's still worth checking out.

What would this movie have been like without Ryan Gosling?!

It's a good film. For me personally a little slow at times and it seemed unfinished. However, Gosling's performance is Oscar worthy material. He differently carried the film. Could have been better though. Rent it, don't buy it.

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2011

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