George Clooney goes behind the camera for the fourth time to direct THE IDES OF MARCH, an adaptation of Beau Willimon's play Farragut North. The movie stars Ryan Gosling as Stephen Meyers, an idealistic deputy campaign manager for Governor Mike Morris (Clooney), who is in a major political battle in Ohio that could be the key to winning the Democratic presidential nomination. When the opposing candidate's campaign manager (Paul Giamatti) offers Stephen a job on his staff, Stephen neglects to inform his boss (Philip Seymour Hoffman). Just as that omission is revealed, Stephen uncovers a dirty personal secret that could sink Morris' political career. THE IDES OF MARCH screened at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.
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4 stars out of 5 -- "It's really about ethics and values, loyalty and betrayal, ego and hubris....George Clooney is making movies that will stand the test of time..."
Total Film - Neil Smith (11/01/2011)
"Clooney certainly brings out the best in his actors...he has an uncanny sense of how to uncork a scene and let it bubble and flow." -- Grade: A-
Entertainment Weekly - Owen Gleiberman (10/14/2011)
3 stars out of 5 -- "The demanding pace of IDES is part of the film's power. Energy is high and the information is dense."
Box Office - Sara Vizcarrondo (09/10/2011)
"The dialogue is smart and focused, and as a director Clooney has encouraged his cast to really tear into it."
Los Angeles Times - Kenneth Turan (10/07/2011)
3 stars out of 4 -- "The movie's strength is in the acting, with Gosling once again playing a character with an insistent presence....Clooney the director brings his actor's experience to the job and attends closely to performance."
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert (10/05/2011)
"George Clooney's THE IDES OF MARCH is an actors' movie, a picture that gives performers some provocative things to do..."
Movieline - Stephanie Zacharek (10/06/2011)
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "A big, bruisingly funny moral fable etched in acid....THE IDES OF MARCH hits where it hurts."
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers (10/13/2011)
"This is a handsome, intelligently written movie that never feels like a filmed play....Clooney directs with assurance and a welcome absence of flashy camerawork..."
Sight and Sound - Philip Kemp (11/01/2011)
4 stars out of 5 -- "This is Gosling's moment. It feels like we're watching an actor at a tipping point in his career, about to make the jump from talked-about cult favorite to talked-about movie star."
Uncut - Michael Bonner (11/01/2011)