The world of politics provides all the drama-and satiric fodder-any filmmaker could ask for. And even though the public has shown indifference to such movies in recent years, Hollywood keeps making them...
At its best, the film is like a political version of Sweet Smell of Success, another movie where the corruption was so rampant it gleamed.
This is intelligent filmmaking, and a provocative moral fable. It may not be perfect, but it stands as one of the better, most realistic movies about the way we elect our leaders.
From the film's ideological vantage point, moderate Democrats are Machiavellian devils, and Republicans are an inconceivable evil looming on a distant horizon, like the White Walkers in Game of Thrones.
The Ides of March is a well-made actors showcase and fine film. But it never finds that more.
Just about every other scene in the film is a simple pleasure unto itself between the equally confident writing, direction and performances.
Smart and solidly entertaining, thanks to one of the year's top ensemble casts working at the top of its game.
Clooney does a good job opening up the ideas Willimon first explored onstage, but the result is still a pessimistic truth so universally acknowledged that it doesn't bear repeating, however stylishly.
It's great fun for us to see an entertaining movie we can watch without guilt.