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Rated R · 100 minutes · 2011

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George Clooney directs this so-so political thriller about a presidential candidate and his rocky campaign. Clooney plays the maverick candidate, a governor who refuses to play games and seems quite ethical. Ryan Gosling plays one of his campaign managers—who learns a few things about his boss that make things, well, complicated. The movie benefits from strong performances by Clooney, Gosling and especially Philip Seymour Hoffman, as Gosling’s boss and mentor. It’s also a mighty improvement over Clooney’s last directorial effort, Leatherheads. Still, it’s not the amazingly profound political thriller it wants to be. It’s more of a film about people behaving badly and paying the price, with political shenanigans in the background. The film also stars Marisa Tomei, Evan Rachel Wood and Paul Giamatti.
Official Site: idesofmarch-movie.com
Director: George Clooney
Producer: Grant Heslov, George Clooney, Brian Oliver, Nigel Sinclair, Guy East, Stephen Pevner, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Killoran, Todd Thompson, Nina Wolarsky and Barbara Hall
Cast: Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Philip Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei, Jeffrey Wright, Evan Wood, Max Minghella, Jennifer Ehle, Michael Mantell, Gregory Itzin, Talia Akiva, Yuriy Sardarov, Bella Ivory and Maya Sayre

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Indy Week George Clooney's new election thriller, The Ides of March Three years into the Obama presidency, Clooney makes a movie about a Democratic candidate whose high-minded oratory belies someone who, when pressed, surrenders his ideals for the sake of political expedience and self-preservation. by Neil Morris 10/05/2011
Colorado Springs Independent Politics as usual: The Ides of March What if the hero has very few principles to begin with? by Scott Renshaw 10/06/2011
East Bay Express Acting Nice The Ides of March and 50/50 benefit from top-notch performances. by Bob Grimm 10/05/2011
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Charleston City Paper Cynicism rules in George Clooney’s The Ides of March In the abstract, director/co-writer George Clooney and regular collaborator Grant Heslov — working from Beau Willimon's play Farragut North — have an intriguing variation on surrendering-principles-to-the-dirty-game-of-politics narratives like The Candidate: What if the hero has very few principles to begin with? by Scott Renshaw 10/05/2011
Colorado Springs Independent Opening this week Higher Ground, The Ides of March and other film events around town. 10/06/2011
Style Weekly Nasty, Brutish and Short Such are the careers of political campaign managers in "The Ides of March." by Wayne Melton 10/25/2011
The Coast Halifax The Ides of March a powerful political thriller George Clooney directs a stellar cast, but Ryan Gosling shines by Matthew Ritchie 10/06/2011
Portland Mercury Worthy Candidates The Ides of March goes into the shadowy backrooms of a presidential campaign. by Ned Lannamann 10/06/2011
Memphis Flyer Beware the Ides George Clooney's high-toned political thriller delivers less than it promises. by Chris Herrington 10/06/2011
Creative Loafing Atlanta The Ides of March's political drama earns a vote of no confidence George Clooney's campaign film relies on superficial charms by Curt Holman 10/05/2011
Boise Weekly The Projector: Movies opening Friday, Oct. 7 Werner Herzog reveals ancient cave art; Ryan Gosling reveals his selfish interests to George Clooney; Hugh Jackman reveals his robotic boxing underdog; Henry Hopper reveals his love for Mia Wasikowska. It's all at the movies. by Garrett Horstmeyer 10/07/2011
NUVO Ed reviews 'The Ides of March' A political thriller with wonderful acting, 'The Ides of March' ends up painting by the numbers, feeling too ordinary for a film with such a promising beginning. by Ed Johnson-Ott 10/07/2011

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