The Ides of March

(DVD - 2012)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Ides of March
During the frantic last days before a heavily contested Ohio presidential primary, an up-and-coming campaign press secretary finds himself involved in a political scandal that threatens to upend his candidate's shot at the presidency.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2012
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (101 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in


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Dec 13, 2014
  • Nursebob rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Director George Clooney heads an outstanding cast in this contemporary fable about power, corruption, and the seductive illusion of moral compromise. It’s the Ohio Primaries and Democratic Governor Mike Morris is involved in a heated battle to become the next presidential candidate. Running his campaign is Paul Zara, a world-weary manager with an almost neurotic obsession with trust issues; and baby-faced Stephen Meyers, a brilliant media spin-doctor whose own slide into bureaucratic cynicism has been halted by Morris’ charismatic personality and unwavering honesty. But when Meyers becomes entangled in a dark scandal involving the man he idolizes, a scandal which would forever ruin the governor’s White House aspirations, the disillusioned young man suddenly finds himself a lone player in a ruthless game of dirty politics and media kowtowing. Against a backdrop of droning newscasts and patriotic photo-ops, Clooney’s passionate examination of one man’s evolution from idealistic pawn to soulless operator unfolds like a perverse morality play. With Morris encompassing all the qualities one could hope for in a future president and Meyers embodying the very essence of youthful zeal the stage is set for a fall from grace which arrives with the impact of a divine lightning bolt. Meyers’ subsequent attempts to protect his tarnished hero slowly chip away at his own sense of integrity until he finds himself becoming the very thing he’s always despised, a transformation underlined by a darkly ambivalent closing shot.

Sep 02, 2014
  • Kim_H rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I liked that the Democrats, who are the media darlings, turned out to be the evil empire.

Feb 05, 2014
  • kah_chan rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This film tells quite the truth about American politics and her dark sides .... and it is especially heart-breaking to see Philips Seymour Hoffman here because of his recent death. His acting was just so fit in here and resonant with those who share his values.

I am surprised not to see more of George Clooney but the focus was actually on Ryan Gosling, considering the hype about George's character. The twist at the end makes people think why our World is so messed up nowadays,.,

Oct 30, 2013
  • voisjoe1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Just like in Julius Caesar, during the Ides of March, a political friend leads to a downfall. This is probably the best movie about a political campaign. The story is gripping and seems to give an inside look into the campaign. We even get a refresher course on Doctor Faustus. Gosling, Clooney, Hoffman, Tomei, Wood and Giamatti are all at the top of their game. Made more current and real by having real political news commentators from MSNBC and CNN keeping us informed about what is going on.

Jun 23, 2013
  • neonkc rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

very good

May 10, 2013
  • velloxal rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

An idealistic staffer for a new presidential candidate gets a crash course on dirty politics during his stint on the campaign trail.

May 07, 2013
  • JanineEBeanie rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Politics is a dirty biz. What a ride.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Quimeras rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

There’s not too much that is new in this story about dishonest politicians. Nevertheless, “The Ides of March” has a good cast and script.

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

All things considered, a decent political scandal piece co-written and directed by Clooney. It gathered more interest from me as the story developed with some suspenseful plot twists. Giamatti, Seymour Hoffman, Tomei, (and George too), were all on their game. Clooney even put Chris Matthews and Charlie Rose on the payroll for a little authenticity. I found (find) Ryan 'Sapling' transparent and dull. Ditto for bimbette Evan Rachel Wood. "Et tu, Brute?"

Dec 17, 2012
  • rtrollinger rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I was expecting so much more from this. Just a mediocre script, barely holding the film together. Rachel Wood is appropriately last named, she is a two dimensional actor. And I couldn't believe that someone wouldn't have chemistry with Ryan Gosling! And I will not give anything away, but the twists and turns are barely bends.

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Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Governor Mike Morris (addressing a campaign audience): "You know how you fight the war on terror? You don't 'need' their product anymore. Their product is oil; just don't 'need' it, and they go away! (audience cheers) You don't have to bomb anyone - you don't have to invade any-one!"


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