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  • Domestic Trailer 2
  • Official Trailer

Movie Info & Cast

Synopsis

American Senator Gary Hart's presidential campaign in 1988 is derailed when he's caught in a scandalous love affair.

Cast

  • Vera Farmiga
  • Hugh Jackman
  • Molly Ephraim
  • Kaitlyn Dever
  • Jenna Kanell
  • J.K. Simmons
  • Courtney Ford
  • Sara Paxton
  • Ari Graynor
  • Alfred Molina

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • Molly Ephraim and Kaitlyn Dever previously appeared as sisters on ABC's "Last Man Standing."
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Goofs

  • The film begins in 1984 then the screen displays "4 years later" but it actually picks up in early 1987.
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Quotes

    • [from trailer]
    • Gary Hart: My name is Gary Hart and I'm running for President.
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It really captures the 1980s campaign trail/journalism setting. It offers a balanced perspective on the issue. Hugh Jackman shows a lot of range as an actor. But the film doesn't set the world on fire. It feels a bit dated and cerebral.

CJ
Charlie J
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Definitely not a front runner!

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Metacritic

50
Nov 9, 2018

So much of The Front Runner feels like stenography, giving audiences the basics and then letting Hart or Bradlee monologue to the camera about how the norms of yesteryear are slipping away, perhaps forever.

David Sims
The Atlantic
80
Sep 8, 2018

The Front Runner may cover a lot of ground and raise more questions about morality and the media than it can ever answer, but it remains a punchy, absorbing political drama.

Metacritic review by Allan Hunter
Allan Hunter
Screen International
60
Sep 1, 2018

The film never quite clarifies its own attitude toward Hart. It simply doesn’t spend enough time with him to allow the audience to decide whether he was a truly transformative politician undone by tabloid reporters or just another slick operator. This robs the film of a tragic dimension that it might have achieved.

Metacritic review by Stephen Farber
Stephen Farber
The Hollywood Reporter