Irresistible

Irresistible

Irresistible

Oscar nominee Steve Carell leads this political satire written and directed by The Daily Show's Jon Stewart. Co-stars Rose Byrne and Chris Cooper.

After the Democrat’s top strategist Gary (Carell) sees a video of a retired Marine Colonel (Cooper) standing up for the rights of his town’s undocumented workers, Gary believes he has found the key to winning back the Heartland. However, when the Republicans counter him by sending in his brilliant nemesis Faith (Byrne), what started out as a local race quickly becomes an out-of-control fight for the soul of America.

2020Rating: M, Offensive language & sexual references104 minsUSA
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Stuff

Stuff

If you’re a fan of Carell (or Stewart), you’ll lap this up. But if it’s sharply honed political satire you crave, you’d be better off binge-watching The Thick of It or Veep, or tracking down a DVD of the truly magnificent Bob Roberts.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

The supposed satirical attitude of Irresistible can’t conceal the fact that it’s contrived, unfunny and redundant.

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

The film tries to scale a gargantuan mountain of a subject – the broken voting system – and just keeps slipping repeatedly down the sides.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

A Capra-esque moral comedy that unfolds with all the subtlety of sky writing and none of the same panache, “Irresistible” is a perverse bid for clarity that feels like it was left behind like a relic from some long-distant past.

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Variety

Variety

Irresistible scores points yet feels behind the curve. You wish it were a bold satirical bulletin, or maybe just Stewart’s pricelessly amusing version of a Christopher Guest movie. Instead, the film is a lot like a politician: It makes a big show of leading the viewer, but without rocking the boat.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Scabrous, watchable and deceptively provocative, Jon Stewart’s political parable may be slightly out of step with the political reality of 2020 — but Carell and Byrne do enough to earn your VOD vote.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

This buoyantly funny comedy offers lip-smacking entertainment that will surprise many with its skewering of both sides.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

Stewart leaves us wondering if gaming the system is preferable to changing it. Can a political satire that dances on the border between silly and profound really make us take off the blinders, even for a few hours?

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