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10/18/2008 by Tom CharityIt's a sentiment Capra might well have echoed, though he would surely have punched up the gags while he was at it.
9/26/2008 by Wally HammondHe shoots simultaneously for 'wake up, America!' inspiration and good ol' boy charm but ends up putting both barrels through his own cowboy-booted foot.
Ebert & Roeper
8/4/2008 by Richard RoeperNot a bad movie, probably OK to rent on DVD, but I'm saying don't rush to the theaters.
The New Republic
8/2/2008 by Christopher OrrIt is neither appreciably better nor dramatically worse than its hokey, please-describe-me-as-'Capraesque' premise.
8/1/2008 by Claudia PuigOne 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.
New York Times
8/1/2008 by Manohla DargisOne of the most surprising, politically suggestive movies to come out of Hollywood this year.
8/1/2008 by Linda BarnardAs 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.
8/1/2008 by Moira MacDonaldSwing Vote, an oddly off-balance comedy directed by Joshua Michael Stern, feels like two movies; one much better than the other.
San Francisco Chronicle
8/1/2008 by Mick LaSalleThe mix of comedy and drama is winning; Costner couldn't be better, and the little girl is a find.
8/1/2008 by Stephanie ZacharekStern and his lead actor do manage to pull it all together at the end.
8/1/2008 by Roger MooreSwing 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.
New York Post
8/1/2008 by Lou LumenickThis would-be civics lesson is such an appalling view of American democracy that it could be used as a recruiting film by al Qaeda.
New York Daily News
8/1/2008 by Joe NeumaierThe lightweight Swing Vote is a good-ol'-boy civics lesson that's too scattered to achieve its predictable goals.
8/1/2008 by Connie OgleThe film eventually bogs down in drama, with an unnecessary subplot involving Bud's estranged wife and an ethical dilemma for a local news reporter (Paula Patton) that never really gets off the ground.
8/1/2008 by Tom LongSwing 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.
Christian Science Monitor
8/1/2008 by Peter RainerThe filmmakers want to fashion a civics lesson but they don't bother to include anything of substance.
8/1/2008 by J. R. JonesThe 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.
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