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
78%
want to see

Reviews & comments

A topical taut political thriller

After many months of flagging confidence in today's US film industry's ability to make a good movie, this one restored our perception. This is the story of a step on the path to the presidency of the United States. It centres on an intense Democratic Party primary in Ohio where campaign press secretary (Ryan Gosling) by chance learns of the possibility of a...

4.0
0

Gosling becomes a Gander.

This is a grown up flick about political power players in which Ryan Gosling outshines everyone as he struggles to find a balance between his morals and his need to succeed. Outstanding performance, as always, by Philip Seymour Hoffman as his mentor and nemesis. As other reviewers have noted there is nothing new about this story and it barely qualifies as a...

0

Extract from theaterofthecommonman.com

Extact from theaterofthecommonman.com I'm a sucker for political melodrama and The Ides of March is exactly that. With what appears to be a broad examination of backroom electioneering, the film, whether intentional or not holds a mirror up to the on-going credibility issues faced by the US Congress and Senate. You only have to look at the current...

3.0
0

Nice try, Guv.

Classy, intelligent, and bereft of even a single real surprise - except, perhaps, that someone as outspoken as Mr. Clooney should produce such a politically tame "political thriller" (hedging his bets on how the average American viewers' own politics might taint their interpretation of the movie, perhaps?). There's entertainment value in watching...

2.0
0

The Ides of March, April, May & June

I really dont have much to say about it, just a normal look into politics and the 'behind the scenes' stuff that could go on in a election race. The acting from both Ryan Gosling and of cos George Clooney was superb. Not really my thing, but I still found it a good watch. Like some other films reecently, it appeared to be about the choices we make and the...

3.0
0

Curious George

This is an old-fashioned 1950s behind-the-scenes political thriller in which Clooney again doffs his director's hat to films such as Otto Preminger's "Advise & Consent" or Sidney Lumet's political cold war thriller, "Fail-Safe." And if you like that kind of theatrical, blow-by-blow, wordy political theatre-play-on-film you'll love...

3.0
0
Village Voice

Village Voice

press

Intrigue drowns out argument in political thriller.

0
Variety

Variety

press

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

0
USA Today

USA Today

press

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

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

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

4.0
0
Time Magazine

Time Magazine

press

A splendid diversion from the drab crankiness of real politics.

0
The New Yorker

The New Yorker

press

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

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Missing both adrenaline and gravity.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

An intelligent, consistently involving thriller.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Tense and involving.

0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

A pulse-racing thriller that hits where it hurts.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

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

0
New York Post

New York Post

press

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

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

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

0
IndieWire

IndieWire

press

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.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Classy and professional.

0
Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

A grippingly dark and cynical drama of insider politics.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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

3.0
0
E! Online

E! Online

press

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

0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

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

3.0
0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Slick and respectable, and delivering old news.

0
Village Voice

Village Voice

press

Intrigue drowns out argument in political thriller.

0
Variety

Variety

press

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

0
USA Today

USA Today

press

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

0
Total Film

Total Film

press

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

4.0
0
Time Magazine

Time Magazine

press

A splendid diversion from the drab crankiness of real politics.

0
The New Yorker

The New Yorker

press

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

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Missing both adrenaline and gravity.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

An intelligent, consistently involving thriller.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Tense and involving.

0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

A pulse-racing thriller that hits where it hurts.

0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

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

0
New York Post

New York Post

press

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

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

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

0
IndieWire

IndieWire

press

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.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Classy and professional.

0
Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

A grippingly dark and cynical drama of insider politics.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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

3.0
0
E! Online

E! Online

press

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

0
The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

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

3.0
0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Slick and respectable, and delivering old news.

0

A topical taut political thriller

After many months of flagging confidence in today's US film industry's ability to make a good movie, this one restored our perception. This is the story of a step on the path to the presidency of the United States. It centres on an intense Democratic Party primary in Ohio where campaign press secretary (Ryan Gosling) by chance learns of the possibility of...

4.0
0

Gosling becomes a Gander.

This is a grown up flick about political power players in which Ryan Gosling outshines everyone as he struggles to find a balance between his morals and his need to succeed. Outstanding performance, as always, by Philip Seymour Hoffman as his mentor and nemesis. As other reviewers have noted there is nothing new about this story and it barely qualifies as...

0

Extract from theaterofthecommonman.com

Extact from theaterofthecommonman.com I'm a sucker for political melodrama and The Ides of March is exactly that. With what appears to be a broad examination of backroom electioneering, the film, whether intentional or not holds a mirror up to the on-going credibility issues faced by the US Congress and Senate. You only have to look at the current...

3.0
0

Nice try, Guv.

Classy, intelligent, and bereft of even a single real surprise - except, perhaps, that someone as outspoken as Mr. Clooney should produce such a politically tame "political thriller" (hedging his bets on how the average American viewers' own politics might taint their interpretation of the movie, perhaps?). There's entertainment value in...

2.0
0

The Ides of March, April, May & June

I really dont have much to say about it, just a normal look into politics and the 'behind the scenes' stuff that could go on in a election race. The acting from both Ryan Gosling and of cos George Clooney was superb. Not really my thing, but I still found it a good watch. Like some other films reecently, it appeared to be about the choices we make and the...

3.0
0

Curious George

This is an old-fashioned 1950s behind-the-scenes political thriller in which Clooney again doffs his director's hat to films such as Otto Preminger's "Advise & Consent" or Sidney Lumet's political cold war thriller, "Fail-Safe." And if you like that kind of theatrical, blow-by-blow, wordy political theatre-play-on-film you'll love...

3.0
0