The ever-gorgeous Moore does a great impersonation of much-maligned Sarah Palin, but the film predictably doesn't venture beyond the territory of Culture Wars; in other words, the film won't change anyone's perceptions about the U.S. political system as a whole, because attention is so squarely on the famously uninformed Palin ("I'm not sure how much she knows about foreign policy" says an advisor. No shit.)
It doesn't give Palin a fair shake, but at least it makes her look like a fly caught in a web which is probably the only way to make her the least bit, most comfortably sympathetic to the die hard liberals out there. Moore is little more than a caricature.
Julianne Moore totally gets under the skin of Sarah Palin adding this performance to the list of her best. Fine supporting cast with kudos to Harrelson, Harris, Sheridan and Paulson all excelling here. Strong script and performances carry this HBO production which does lack in its direction and editing structure.
Julianne Moore was fantastic, and both Ed Harris and Woody Harrelson were great. It was nice to see Sarah Paulson too—I love her. Apparently this story is quite factually accurate, which I demand in a film based on real events. The story was fairly simple (nothing crazy from a film perspective) but enjoyable.
You're one of the leaders of the party now Sarah. Don't get co-opted by Limbaugh and the other extremists. They'll destroy the party if you let them." You can choose to believe none, some, or all of what was depicted, but there's no denying she completely ignored that advice
The HBO film about the disastrous McCain/Palin campaign — with Julianne Moore doing stellar work as Sarah Palin. Moore nails every little tick and “you betcha!” but never crosses the line into caricature — there are some devastating moments of Palin clearly in over her head and trying to cope. Moore’s depiction of Palin’s sheer abject terror before the dreadful Katie Couric interview is really impressive, and oddly moving, as are a couple of desolate moments of Moore’s Palin watching Tina Fey’s brilliant satire of Palin. But never fear — there’s no hint of whitewashing, however, remarkably so. The cast is admirable all round, but Ed Harris for some reason plays John McCain with a real dignified gravity that the real John McCain never displayed on the campaign trail. There’s none of the twitching or grimacing that made him such an ordeal to look at.