(1999)

Critic Reviews

83

Metascore

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100
Entertainment Weekly
Alexander Payne's scathing, subtle, and complexly funny tragicomedy builds a perfect, off-kilter universe--it's a first cousin to "Rushmore."
100
An invigoratingly mordant comedy that proves that Alexander Payne's rambunctious debut, "Citizen Ruth," was no fluke.
100
San Francisco Examiner
With Election, Payne announces himself as one of the keenest purveyors of the scattered pieces that once was an American morality.
88
Chicago Sun-Times
Alexander Payne is a director whose satire is omnidirectional. He doesn't choose an easy target and march on it. He stands in the middle of his story and attacks on all directions.
88
USA Today
When it comes to eloquently telling it like it is, Election puts the nation's political pundits to shame.
88
New York Daily News
The actors are solid at every position, but Broderick, who seems to get better with each performance, is especially good at playing the impulsively self-destructive yet sympathetic loser.
88
New York Post
A terrific work of political and social satire set in a Nebraska high school that has the intelligence of (the less coherent) "Rushmore," while painting a much darker picture of politics and human relationships.
88
ReelViews
Election has the sharpest satire of any teen movie made in years. Like the best lampoons, it attacks by exaggerating reality ever-so-slightly and targeting a broad range of subjects.
75
San Francisco Chronicle
The screenplay by Payne and Jim Taylor, based on the novel by Tom Perrotta, sees the lives of these suburban students and teachers through a prism of absurdity that refracts more truth than any straightforward telling.
75
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
At best, the humour in Election is perceptive, nasty, pointed, and lets no one off its barbed hook, not even the audience. In other words, it's a lovely piece of satire, made all the more relevant by the setting.
63
Chicago Tribune
Entertaining but frustratingly uneven.

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