Swing Vote Reviews

  • By the time Bud sincerely apprehends his citizen responsibilities, Swing Vote has swung irrevocably toward condescension.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • One of the most surprising, politically suggestive movies to come out of Hollywood this year.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • But away from the cutesy stuff there are some surprisingly sharp digs at the political process.

    Cath Clarke — Guardian [UK]

  • One minute you're laughing at its sendup of the political process, and the next you're stricken by the sorry state of the sweet and brainy protagonist's family.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • The ridiculous setup is just the skeleton for something more substantial; the flesh of the movie is made of the funny, tender interactions between Bud and his daughter, Molly.

    Laura Yao — Washington Post

  • It's 2008. Why are we still microwaving Frank Capra's old casseroles? The movie turns racism, class woes, and social issues into jokes instead of engaging them with intelligence, wit, or a whiff of drama.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • The lightweight Swing Vote is a good-ol'-boy civics lesson that's too scattered to achieve its predictable goals.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • The movie is a genial comedy, but it has significant undertones.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Swing Vote lopes along and is best taken as a tale of a father and a daughter coming through a rough patch to a better place, rather than anything to do with real-world politics.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • The undertones of Frank Capra come bubbling to the surface in a smarmy finale complete with French horn and bags of mail from the common folk.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • A disarming political satire perfectly calibrated to the national mood and to its revitalized star.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Swing Vote captures the spirit of an election year when many once-apathetic Americans are keenly interested in the outcome. We have met the enemy and he is us. But so is the hero.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Swing Vote is an amiable lug of a movie, part public service announcement, part political satire and part good-old-boy comedy with a spritz of sentiment hanging over the entire enterprise.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • After years of misfires, Kevin Costner has hit upon a strategy to make himself likable in a movie: by playing someone completely unlikable.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • Funny, animated, appealing in an aw-shucks sort of way, the star milks maximum impact from a unique body language that is refreshingly knock-kneed and bow-legged at the same time.

    Rex Reed — New York Observer

  • Graced with a gently cynical spirit and more brains than its average-Joe protagonist, Swing Vote applies a pleasing Frank Capra-esque glaze to the fanciful story of a blue-collar American whose vote ends up being the only one that counts.

    Justin Chang — Variety

  • This would-be civics lesson is such an appalling view of American democracy that it could be used as a recruiting film by al Qaeda.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • Swing Vote nicely boils down America's political malaise to one man's awakening from a Budweiser stupor and seeing the only thing that matters when you don't pay attention and exercise the franchise on Election Day: You're letting your kid down.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • As often happens with politics, even as Swing Vote entertains, it leaves us feeling like we've been subjected to some slick manipulation and worse, left with promises unfulfilled.

    Linda Barnard — Toronto Star

  • As in so many essentially childish movies, it's an actual child who's always the smartest pants in the room.

    Dean Essner — Globe and Mail

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