George Clooney's 'Ides of March' thriller getting mostly good reviews

the-ides-of-march-poster.jpgThe critics have spoken about the George Clooney-Ryan Gosling political thriller "The Ides of March" - and mostly they have given positive reviews.

Claudia Puig of USA Today writes, "Clooney has a keen eye for a good story. With this, his fourth turn as a director, he has chosen wisely."

The Dallas Morning News' Chris Vognar says, "'The Ides of March,' George Clooney's despairing political drama set against the backdrop of a bruising Ohio Democratic primary, presents us with a most unsentimental education."

Peter Travers of Rolling Stone says, "The Ides of March is a pulse-racing thriller that hits where it hurts. Clooney's performance is exceptional and Gosling is terrific in an all-stops-out role."

The Philadelphia Enquirer's Stephen Rea writes, "'The Ides of March' wields its searchlight over our political landscape and finds a battlefield: a bloody ground of cynicism and fatal compromise."

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times says, "The movie's strength is in the acting, with Gosling once again playing a character with an insistent presence."

Though most reviews are positive, there were a few critics that found the film less than stellar.

Variety's Justin Chang says, "[An] intriguing but overly portentous drama, which seems far more taken with its own cynicism than most viewers will be."

Ty Burr of the Boston Globe writes, "'The Ides of March'' rests its moral outrage on a rickety podium of glibness and coincidence. It passes the character test, but it can't go the distance."

The Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan says, "Even though all the supporting elements of a superior film are here, the actual plot that everything is at the service of is disappointing. The texture of reality and the sheen of fine craft disguise this for a while, but not forever."

What do you think? Will you be checking out "The Ides of March"? It opens nationwide Friday (Oct. 7) and in addition to Clooney and Gosling, also stars Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Marisa Tomei and Paul Giamatti.

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