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Wag the Dog

  R HD Closed Captioning

Barry Levinson

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Plot Summary

Academy Award and Golden Globe-winner Robert De Niro ("Raging Bull," "Godfather: Part II") and Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winner Dustin Hoffman ("Rain Man," "Kramer vs. Kramer") star in a tale of politics, power and Hollywood so outrageous it could be true! Two weeks before re-election, the President of the United States is accused of accosting a girl scout. Before the news reaches the media, his advisors call in a political consultant specializing in image rescues. What to do? Hire a Hollywood producer to create a war -- distracting public attention from the scandal and rallying Americans to their President in surge of patriotic fever. Also starring Denis Leary, Kirsten Dunst and Woody Harrelson. Directed by Academy Award and Emmy Award-winner Barry Levinson ("Rain Man," TV's "Homicide: Life on the Street"). Based on the novel American Hero by Larry Beinhart.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 72
  • Fresh: 61
  • Rotten: 11
  • Average Rating: 7.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Swift, hilarious and impossible to resist. – Janet Maslin, New York Times, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: A very classy act of nose thumbing. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Sep 7, 2011

Fresh: The pacing is crisp, the dialogue quippy and fast, the tone arch but energetic. – Godfrey Cheshire, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: When the film makes the leap from plausibly outrageous to pure satire, it slips, and the logic goes with it. – Lucy Mohl,, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews


Top notch. An accurate portrayal of how easy it is to manipulate the media and brainwash people. And we live in this world. Everything could be a lie.

Wag the dog

Wag the Dog was an awesome film. I never get tired of Dustin Hoffman, and in this movie he was brilliant (but he was better in tootsie and rainman). Nevertheless it is worth watching.

A Smart and Underrated Masterpiece

It's one the most interesting,funny, and entertaining films that I have ever seen. Dustin Hoffman gives one of my favorite performances I ever seen on screen, he is perfect. It is one of the best written films that have seen and it is a film that more people should see.

Wag the Dog
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 1998

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