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Irresistible (2020)



Critic Consensus: A soft political satire that proves frustratingly less than the sum of its talented parts, Irresistible is anything but.

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Written and directed by Jon Stewart, Irresistible is a comedy about what happens when a small Wisconsin town becomes the main attraction of our political circus. After the Democrat's top strategist Gary (Steve Carell) sees a video of a retired Marine Colonel (Chris Cooper) standing up for the rights of his town's undocumented workers, Gary believes he has found the key to winning back the Heartland. However, when the Republicans counter him by sending in his brilliant nemesis Faith (Rose Byrne), what started out as a local race quickly becomes an out-of-control and hilarious fight for the soul of America.

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All Critics (227) | Top Critics (51)

It's plain all along that Stewart has little interest in his characters and their troubles except as a means for him to score didactic points, primarily about the evils of unrestricted campaign financing.

October 15, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

I don't think it works well as a drama or a comedy. It's not especially funny... There's a good message here, but it's buried under a lot of stuff that doesn't work.

July 8, 2020 | Full Review…

In desperate need of ruthless incisiveness, it goes soft at every turn.

July 8, 2020 | Full Review…

Jon Stewart can't actually be bothered to show us any diversity throughout Irresistible, and it's a failing of the film that shows his own ideological narrowness.

July 1, 2020 | Full Review…
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Irresistible is hugely diverting and sporadically profound. At the very end, though, it takes the path of least resistance and - dagnammit! - lets everyone off the hook.

June 28, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The final impression is of a thesis only partially expanded into satisfactory dramedy.

June 28, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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