“The Ultimate Movie Review!”
“A Funny Movie For Election Year, But That's About It.”
“Thanks To The Outrageous Performances By Ferrell And Galifianakis. The Campaign Is The Perfect Film For An Election Year. Its Brand Of Humor Is Perfect & There Is So Much To See Here. Its An Unforgettable Comedy That Will Stay In Your Mind All Year.”
In its ramped-up media-farce way, The Campaign leaves no satirical stone unturned.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
It's like a sober, centrist, irrelevant op-ed column, but with bad words and belly laughs.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
If you're solemnly looking for contemporary political observation, this isn't the film for you. But laughs come rolling off the production line a-plenty.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis trade barbs and sling mud, but the humor is inconsistent and the political satire lacks bite.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
Prefers silly, outre jokes and sight gags to a truly penetrating critique of partisan politics that has gone hopelessly off the rails.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
As with politicians, we get the political movies we deserve.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
Most of the movie's big laughs are in the first half; like so many high-concept/low-character comedies, it runs out of steam early and then wheezes to an anticlimax.
Karina Longworth - Village Voice
A very funny satire that successfully calls out every moronic (and oxymoronic) part of our slogan-slinging, attack-ad-making election process.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
Maybe the surreal realities of the current campaign really are beyond satire, ridicule, parody or ready comprehension, but this ultimately puerile gagfest has little reach and less grasp.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
Will Ferrell, all is forgiven after the botch that was Casa De Mi Padre. And in fact this may be the best movie, comedic or dramatic, that you've made yet.
Glenn Kenny - MSN Movies
Despite the obviousness of its political points, the film has a scattershot, breezy appeal.
Bruce Diones - New Yorker
"The Campaign" made me think of "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" if it had been written by the Onion staff.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
It's weak and witlessly crude.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Galifianakis scores most of the laughs, as you might expect, but there's some nice supporting work from Jason Sudeikis, Dylan McDermott, and Sarah Baker.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
The Campaign is intermittently amusing, but more often just interminable.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
"The Campaign" is too timid to aim a satirical shiv at the political jugular.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
It's an average Will Ferrell comedy, nothing more.
Adam Graham - Detroit News
"The Campaign" is a good idea with no place to go.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
Before the 2012 presidential election has a chance to get really nasty, The Campaign vigorously swoops in to satirize how low things can go between a pair of rival congressional candidates.
Peter Debruge - Variety
This movie is single-handedly causing a major rise in our mirth deficit. It's so bad, I'm declaring a laugh emergency.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
- Toronto Star
It's loud and profane and relentlessly vulgar. It's also occasionally funny.
Bruce Demara - Toronto Star
"The Campaign" look much more like "Waiting for Guffman" or "Spinal Tap" than "Step Brothers" or "Talladega Nights".
Laremy Legel - Film.com
The movie has political savvy as well as comedic chops.
Siri Agrell - Globe and Mail
Simply taken as a broad character comedy, "The Campaign" definitely has its moments.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
Ferrell and Galifianakis make for entertaining rivals in a flimsy political satire that too often mistakes bad taste for comic acuity.
Michael Rechtshaffen - Hollywood Reporter
Mostly but not entirely on.
Mary F. Pols - TIME Magazine
Ferrell and Galifianakis will crack you up - guaranteed. Is it too much to expect more?
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
It's way over the top, but then again, so are most modern political campaigns. Lots of funny s--- here.
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
This cynical and funny film hits more often than it misses.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Poking fun at the nastiness of elections, The Campaign finally brings together two of Hollywood's funniest comedians.
Tom Glasson - Concrete Playground
Funny and entertaining, it's not a heavyweight contender, but who wants a heavyweight contender every time?
Catherine Bray - Film4
Richard Roeper - ReelzChannel.com
Scott Tobias - NPR.org
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Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
Brent Simon - Shared Darkness
- Austin Chronicle
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Gabe Toro - The Playlist
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
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Donald Munro - Eye for Film
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Mark Kermode - BBC Radio Five Live
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