Throughly agree with review by "matman".
Didnt care of it and gave up. Couldnt get into it at all but may been me.
Engrossing, intelligent and illuminating. Well acted movie, worth watching
Big letdown - such a great cast of actors and yet it was very ho-hum. Seemed like they were all sleep walking through their acting. Disappointing as I am a fan of Ryan Gosling and Paul Giamatti.
Well written, directed and acted- sexy, powerful, really brought us into the world and then the plight of the main character(s). Great movie!
Really good movie, with an excellent cast. Not for everyone, especially if you think the hero should always be the hero.
Great insight into the nasty word of politics, where there are no real good guys.
Yes the setting was American politics but you do not have to have an interest in that subject or know anything about it to enjoy this movie. Great story and good acting by big names - enjoy
I really liked this, I thought there were few negatives. Perhaps you have to have a taste for political corruption but the story was solid.
Looks good. Fine performances.
Typical American trash with sparkling white teeth and beautiful people. Even though he only had a minor role, I was impressed with George Clooney's effort.
An intelligent movie that gives you an insight into the nature of politics. Much intrigue. A movie where you have to pay attention.
Intriguing insight into the workings of politics and how a driving ambition blurs all other senses of morality. Thoroughly enjoyable experience.
This is as good as a politcal thriller gets; a great cast in a Machiavellian tale that makes The West Wing look like Yes Minister.
Nothing special about this movie - very predictable and the plot was just another political spiel that I'm sure has been covered before.....many times.
Just about the perfect movie - eye-opening, thought-provoking, stellar cast, intelligent ending
Enjoyed this one. The acting is good, (esp Hoffman) and the premise is not that far from believable. Hollywood doesn't do human relationships well, but you can't have everything. I think it is a little confusing without some background in the US electoral system-delegates, colleges, endorsements-all that stuff.
Boring, didn't finish it - maybe i've seen too many of these kinds of films, just couldn't get into it.
Had this recommended to me, told that I would like it. I think I should be offended by that, I'm not sure. I have an interest in politics, but this is about as far removed from politics as I could imagine a political story to be. Laughable. Wasted half an hour of my life, that I will never get back.
Great movie about the US political campaigns
Way too American - politics incomprehensible
Sub-West Wing writing but well acted; I actually thought the plot was too straightforward and predictable, was waiting for a more interesting twist which never really came. Didn't live up to Goodnight, and Good Luck; 3 stars.
Not too bad. Bit slow and confusing for the first half (as others have said - Americans would get it more than Aussies) but did improve. Some great acting from a lot of great actors.
An excellent insight into the dirty behinds of the political world. Reminds me a bit of Wall street although we see the greed through political eyes. Excellent movie that took a little to wind up and then grabs you by the end of it.
I'm sure Americans would love this movie as they are probably the only ones who would understand all the political speak. It really took away from a good story. An awesome bunch of actors which helped. If politics is like that everywhere, then we are all in serious trouble. I really had trouble caring about most of them and my mind wandered during all the political talk.
Rented it for Ryan. Storyline was a bit complicated (maybe cos I'm Aussie?)... all the local spiel talk.......
Ended abruptly. No real suspense.
Excellent movie. HIghly recommend
Not bad... highlights the stupidity of the American political system and the flippancy of the voting public. May the candidate with the best spin team win!
A smart political drama that I have come to expect from a George Clooney production. That campaign trail is not a pretty one, but oh so believable.
Really, really good. Quite surprisingly. Verging on excellent.
I have new-found respect for George Clooney.
Excellent movie. Great acting by all leads.
So so story, didn't rise to great heights. Did not really have an ending.
A bit slow to start with, but excellent and gripping once started.
A great political drama. If you have no interest in politics you may struggle with this film. Ryan Gosling is the star of this movie, and I wish we saw what happens next after the final scene!
Meh, nothing to write home about. I think you have to be at least semi-interested in the machinations of the US Political system to enjoy this movie, otherwise you may find it really boring.
The worst movie I've seen since Norbit.
This movie has everything going for it - great acting, great story and great direction. Ryan Gosling, after "Fracture" and "Ides of March" is certainly the next best thing.
Excellent political drama.
Just as you were getting into the story, it ended. Felt a bit unfinished.
An idealistic staffer for a new presidential candidate gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail. Loved the insight into the dirty politics that goes on behind the scenes in the presidential primaries. Loved it
Politics is a dirty game and this movie proves the point. For a moment I had to convince myself I was not watching Aussie politics, especially Gov. Morris's (George Clooney) 1st speech that we see. If you like great acting and political movies, this is the one. Ryan Gosling (Fracture) is superb. Clooney not as good as in 'The Descendants’. Phillip Seymour Hoffman (Charlie Wilson’s War) brilliant as usual. Paul Giamatti is excellent. Watch just for the acting alone. Highly recommend it.
The movie ended just as it finally developed a story. George Clooney wasnt in it much. It just wasnt very entertaining or interesting. If they had of got to the ending in 15 minutes and started the story from there, that could have been a good movie...but they didnt and it wasnt
Mediochre - reasonable story .. nothing too out of the ordinary
The journey of greed through corruption and politics, where a man's footstep causes ripples to ruffle more than one innocent's life! The ease of talking their way out of everything- from campaign gaffs to accidental, under-age, secretary pregnancies! The real Moral Code behind elected officials.
Watch to see who plays with our lives like a toddler with play-doh! D'oh!
This is a very good movie. George Clooney perhaps telling us how he'd like things to be. also staring Seymor Hoffman (spelling?), a very convincing actor.
Not a fan of Clooney, I was made to go. I did however love it and have since watched it again with my husband.
Clooney at his best - but I seem to say that all the time!!
To much talking could barely keep my eyes open on this one
Boring, boring, boring - lasted 10 minutes !!!
Excellent performances from a top cast, but a strangely small film. Saw in the credits that it was based on a play - might have worked better in that format.
Ryan Gosling and George Clooney are outstanding in this film about American politics. An interesting insight into the antics that go on behind the scenes and this features events not so far removed from recent history. The supporting cast only further make this a must see.
I think the reviewer Simon Miraudo has been a bit harsh opn this movie. The movie was much more powerful and had meaning holding beief and honour over political spin to win an elewction. Whcih way would you go?
Good movie which I guess typifies the US political system. Power and money and who cares about the rest. Even the best of morals and ethics get lost along the way.
I really enjoyed this story.
actors were good,movie was not good.the story line was not bad but the ending was shocking,and pointless. i think having ryan gosling as the main character was a good move,as he captures the audience attention, regardless of how boring the movie storyline.
Very good excellent insight into American voting system
A bit of a slow start but develops into an interesting story. American politics - dysfunctional or what?? moral dilemmas aplenty!
How can you go wrong with this cast? George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Phillip Seymour Hoffman (barely seen in Moneyball) and Paul Giamatti all do excellent jobs in this well made drama. It's not just apolitical drama either - it certainly starts off that way, but then the human element is introduced, and it gets better and better. Excellent viewing.
Tedious with no likeable characters. Didn't say anything new about American politics or the pursuit of power more generally.
Good acting with all, slow movie, had a good ending
Didn't enjoy this movie. It was slow moving and quite boring.
Realistic high drama with twists, turns and intrigue regarding AMERICAN politics, displaying ruthless, dishonest, hypocrisy, disloyal, selfish behaviour, inappropriate sex, and finally abuse of power; NEARLY AS BAD AS OUR POLITICIANS. What hope have the general public got. A bit depressing but good night's entertainment
Who'd want a career in politics? Well, if all political advisors looked like Ryan Gosling and all candidates like George Clooney - me. But I digress. There's a lot to like about The Ides of March. An (ahem) appealing cast, great script and a well paced narrative that will confirm your worst fears about politicians and what they are prepared to do to win. And yet another impressive turn behind the camera for Clooney, who continues to prove himself a director of real note. Recommended.
Best thing about the movie was Ryan Gosling.
Verywell made movie about american politics. Dont expect an action movie, tho. Actors are first rate. Worth a look
Only watched this movie because of the great actors, but a little disappointing could of been a bit more to it, seemed to be missing/lacking something and the ending well where is the rest.
This movie is amazing, it starts a bit like Primary Colors, good but not particularly original. Then, there is a twist that reveals the deeper darker nature of the characters. I did not know Clooney could direct, I don't like him much as an actor, but he is an incredible director. Ryan Gosling is perfect as always, what an actor!
Have to agree, I really enjoyed this movie, with the added plus of having Mr Clooney not only acting but directing too, and also Mr Gosling. Political yes, but it maintained my concentration. Definitely worth a watch.
These days Australians are probably as familiar with the US primaries as Americans are. So the confusing aspects of this movie have more to do with the story than with the political process. In particular, the key turning point in the plot makes no sense at all. Otherwise, the movie is a fine reflection of many politicians and those who work for them - exhibiting a curious mix of zeal, passion, ambition, lying, cheating, corruption, sleaze, loss of integrity, lack of loyalty and a win-at-any-cost mentality.
Who wouldn't love the eye candy, Ryan Gosling and George Clooney? Worth the viewing. Tragic, no-one happy in the end. Compromising one's values and ethics tarnishes the feeling of achieveing one's goals.
Loved it. Excellent plot, lots to think about the next day. The Gosling has hatched from a good egg.
What a good movie! The cast fitted perfectly and the pace and delivery was excellent it was West Wing's darker cousin (although the later two seasons started to go there), the less funny brother of Primary Colours and the unwanted bastard son of Wag the dog. Based on a play it is worth watching the "making of" documentary for the factual real life tie in’s and screams sequel! Sequel! Worth a watch is the BBC 3 movie series House of Cards by Michael Dobbs and Andrew Davies or the books of Jeffrey Archer who became a story in himself.
Enjoyed but could have been more exciting. Political thriller with great actors in it and well directed. All the skills needed are in this movie and wasn't bored a minute however without such actors, I wonder if it would have been that good because looking back at it, nothing much really happens in this. If you are after some action you might just pass and find something else.