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Ratings & Reviews

  1. Ghostman's rating of the film The Candidate

    The Candidate is an accomplished and clever satire about a Democrat who runs for Senate in a rigged election. Although he already knows that he isn't supposed to win and is not favored by anyone, Bill McKay (Redford, in one of his finest performances) runs anyway to promote his liberal message to the people. (cont.)

  2. José Neves's rating of the film The Candidate

    35mm. A "critique of pure reason", using the "direct cinema"s realistic style. It's not about doing "in the way of," but adopting the same techniques of footage to tell in a realistic way, in a non-fake style. Such an estimable premise is also limitative of the film's scope. Redford is a far-reaching actor, the model (not Bressonian, but also) of the (mythical, presumed) face that the true democrat should have.

  3. THE APOLL0's rating of the film The Candidate

    "You shouldn't be here"; guess it was always poorly run theatre. Pretty sure Bill Clinton and Donald Trump took elements of this movie into their own respective campaigns in the real world.

  4. pluviosity's rating of the film The Candidate

    too cold to be comedy, too soft to be a satire. ..although I wondered, if I watched this pre-2015, probably it would be better. Today's political scene is pathetically too grossly comedic to be satirized.

  5. FISCHER's rating of the film The Candidate

    Sur les coulisses d'une élection américaine, une oeuvre sympathique mais profondément superficielle qui ne nous emmène jamais dans l'arrière-cour des compromissions, des chausse-trapes et des magouilles.

  6. Mark O. Stack's rating of the film The Candidate

    Lands without a punch even with the killer end line as reality has rapidly outpaced this satire.

  7. MARK IS SUSPENDED IN GAFFA's rating of the film The Candidate

    Anyone fooled by charlatan Obama should watch this film. Bill McKay (Robert Redford) is young (for a political candidate), charming, handsome and a Democrat. Bill says what he believes, gives straight answers--before he is corrupted by the political monster. A great dramatic satire about a hero becoming the very thing he despises. Peter Boyle is superb playing against type as campaign guru Marvin Lucas. Masterpiece!

  8. Nancarrow's rating of the film The Candidate

    Jeremy Larner in expert form as he transcribes the times' tides with the help of Ritchie and company. They package in detail the social and political ills that have taken root, continuing to under- and overwhelm the masses; unto the individual where one is left wondering, as Redford's McKay does, "what do we do now?"

  9. Robin Marolla's rating of the film The Candidate

    I adored this film. Robert Redford takes the young, naive, idealistic politician to new levels of sincerity and depth. Though it was made in 1972, it goes to show the political landscape in America hasn't changed at all, only the people. Highly recommended for the well written screenplay and the wonderful performances.

  10. chasemiddaugh's rating of the film The Candidate

    A more starkly serious version of Network but politics AND media instead of just media. Just as far ahead of it's time. More relevant now than ever before.

  11. jhubbs's rating of the film The Candidate

    Just not that good... does not bring up any ideas you haven't heard before, politics junkies avoid

  12. Laurs Kemp's rating of the film The Candidate

    Michael Ritchie is grossly underrated. After watching this and Downhill Racer and Smile (and, hell, I'll say it, Fletch!), I am starting to consider him one of my favorite American directors.

  13. filipequintans's rating of the film The Candidate

    De líder comunitário ao senado americano. E só para provar uma teoria maluca de um estrategista político. Must see.

  14. Subterranean Cinema's rating of the film The Candidate

    The greatest political film ever, and Redford's alltime greatest role as "the better way", Bill McKay (who bears striking similarities to Bill Clinton, 20 years before he entered the real political scene). Don Porter gives what should have been an Oscar nominated supporting performance as the charismatic grandfatherly right wing Republican incumbent who Bill must beat, Crocker Jarman. A+ classic film masterpiece!

  15. Stephen Jay Walsh's rating of the film The Candidate

    Along with Some Like It Hot, the greatest last line in cinema.