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The Ides of March (2011)



Critic Consensus: While not exactly exposing revelatory truths, The Ides of March is supremely well-acted drama that moves at a measured, confident clip.

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The Ides of March takes place during the frantic last days before a heavily contested Ohio presidential primary, when an up-and-coming campaign press secretary (Ryan Gosling) finds himself involved in a political scandal that threatens to upend his candidate's shot at the presidency. -- (C) Sony Pictures

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Ryan Gosling
as Stephen Meyers
George Clooney
as Governor Mike Morris
Philip Seymour Hoffman
as Paul Zara Philip
Paul Giamatti
as Tom Duffy
Evan Rachel Wood
as Molly Stearns
Marisa Tomei
as ida Horowicz
Jeffrey Wright
as Senator Thompson
Max Minghella
as Ben Harpen
Jennifer Ehle
as Cindy Morris
Gregory Itzin
as Jack Stearns
Michael Mantell
as Senator Pullman
Danny Mooney
as Campaign Editor
John Manfredi
as Advance Guy
Robert Mervak
as Piano Player
Fabio Polanco
as Security Guard
Peter Harpen
as Head First Bartender
Rohn Thomas
as Stage Manager
Kris Reilly
as Student #2
Michael D. Ellison
as Pullman Staffer
Leslie McCurdy
as Clinic Nurse
Jill Hayley Meyers
as Pullman Staffer
Rob Braun
as Himself
Charlie Rose
as Himself
Deb Dixon
as Local Anchor
Neal Anthony Rubin
as Reporter #1
Loretta Higgins
as Reporter #2
Joe Dinda
as Joe the Staffer
John Repulski
as Organist
Cherie Bowman
as Air Tran Ticket Agent
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Critic Reviews for The Ides of March

All Critics (249) | Top Critics (69)

Morris and Meyers may have treated Stearns as disposable, but the filmmakers shouldn't have, and we as viewers shouldn't have to either.

January 8, 2021 | Full Review…

Real shame about the ending, but the rest of the movie is just marvelous.

September 8, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

While the eventual awful revelations might shock liberals who believe the absurdly sunny West Wing to be a documentary, anybody with a shard of cynicism in their heart will react with an unsurprised shrug.

March 19, 2012 | Rating: 3/5

It has disdain for the process, showing the inherent hypocrisy living inside the political system and the corruptive influence it can have on the lives and mores of seeming innocents caught up within its withering whirlpools of self-aggrandizement.

January 27, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A marvellously stable thriller that squeezes you so expertly you react in all the ways it wants.

October 27, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

You could set your watch by The Ides of March, George Clooney's sleek potboiler about soured idealism, spin and dirty secrets.

October 27, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Ides of March


Clooney proves again that he knows how to direct intelligent films that rely on a great dialogue, and this intriguing character study is gripping from the first scene to the last, centered on a brilliant political battle and with an intense performance by the always fantastic Ryan Gosling.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


The press secretary and true believer of an up and coming presidential candidate uncovers a scandal leaving him with a moral dilemma that could potentially destroy this political golden boy's career. Based upon a play by Beau Willimon who was responsible for the American adaptation of the classic political drama House Of Cards, The Ides Of March has all of the kinds of cynical intrigue you'd expect of Frank Underwood's creator. The story is not quite as black-hearted as the TV series but the representation of modern politics being the product of back room deals, manipulation and blackmail certainly retains its flavour. Solid writing and a cast to die for make for a smart, savvy drama but at the same time The Ides Of March does leave you with the feeling that you walked in half way through the story; there's a certain sense of context that is missing and the lack of a weighty, focal message makes it seem a little soapy. But thanks to the talent involved it feels like a piece of intelligent, quality entertainment that fans of both House Of Cards and The West Wing will not fail to appreciate.

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