Wag the Dog

Wag the Dog

Wag the Dog

Dustin Hoffman gives an Oscar-nominated performance in this comedy from director Barry Levinson (Rain Man), co-starring with Robert De Niro as a professional pair – one a spin-doctor, the other a Hollywood producer – looking to manufacture a war in order to help a shamed president win a re-election. Also stars Anne Heche, Denis Leary and Kirsten Dunst.

1997Rating: M, Offensive language97 minsUSA
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Wag the Dog / Reviews

The New York Times

The New York Times

Swift, hilarious and impossible to resist.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

Absurd and convincing at the same time.

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

Between the laughs, there are moments that ring so true they can raise goosebumps.

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Salon

Salon

Packed full of wickedly amusing details and expertly modulated performances.

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Vulture

Vulture

Conveys an irresistible pleasure in fakery for its own sake...

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Chicago Reader

Chicago Reader

Gleefully hyperbolic without ever straying from its political target.

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Variety

Variety

Glib cynicism isn't a tremendously appealing quality, but in Wag the Dog it at least has the benefit of comic precision and polished handling.

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

An ode to the thrill of deception, a thrill embodied in Hoffman's inspired performance.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Written in part by David Mamet, Wag The Dog is a lovely idea, with credibility buoyed by its incredible timeliness.

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