The Ides of March

The Ides of March

The Ides of March

Political drama directed by George Clooney (Goodnight and Good Luck), about an idealistic staffer (Ryan Gosling) working for a newbie presidential candidate (Clooney) who gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail. Takes place during the frantic last days before a heavily contested Ohio presidential primary. Paul Giamatti, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Marisa Tomei also star.

Based on the play Farragut North by Beau Willimon, Clooney decided to change the title to The Ides of March, based on the day (March 15) that Julius Caesar was assassinated. In Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, before being stabbed to death, Julius Caesar is told by a soothsayer: "Beware the ides of March".

2011Rating: M, contains sex scenes & offensive language 101 minsUSA
AdaptationDrama
Director:
George Clooney ('Leatherheads', 'Goodnight, and Good Luck', 'Confessions of a Dangerous Mind')
Writer:
George ClooneyGrant Heslov
Cast:
George ClooneyRyan GoslingPaul GiamattiPhilip Seymour HoffmanMarisa TomeiEvan Rachel WoodJeffrey Wright

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The Ides of March / Reviews

Village Voice

Village Voice

Intrigue drowns out argument in political thriller.

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Variety

Variety

[An] intriguing but overly portentous drama, which seems far more taken with its own cynicism than most viewers will be.

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USA Today

USA Today

It grows a little overheated but works particularly well as a morality tale about power and its tendency to corrupt absolutely.

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Total Film

Total Film

Staged with a smart nod to the classic conspiracy yarns of yesteryear.

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Time Magazine

Time Magazine

A splendid diversion from the drab crankiness of real politics.

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The New Yorker

The New Yorker

This film is full of great actors, but not enough people.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Missing both adrenaline and gravity.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

An intelligent, consistently involving thriller.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

A pulse-racing thriller that hits where it hurts.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

The movie's strength is in the acting, with Gosling once again playing a character with an insistent presence.

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New York Post

New York Post

Smart and solidly entertaining, thanks to one of the year's top ensemble casts working at the top of its game.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

A strong cast and smart dialogue, but the plot eventually wears thin.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

Has nothing new to offer in its portrait of the campaign trail, and doesn’t seem quite sure what story it really wants to tell.

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

A grippingly dark and cynical drama of insider politics.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Entertaining while you're watching it but, as deceptive as a party's election promises, there's less to it than meets the eye.

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E! Online

E! Online

A good popcorn thriller (but not a great one).

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

George Clooney’s political drama doesn’t quite get my vote.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

Slick and respectable, and delivering old news.

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