Atom User Reviews for The Front Runner
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.
Definitely not a front runner!
captured the period perfectly
A friend had seen it and really liked it. I found it so so, and surprised it got the hysteria at the time. Doesn't compare to today's goings on!!
Hugh Jackman crushed it - hands down the most versatile actor of our generation.
I enjoy the content and the story. It was a little slow. I was entertained. That’s why I go to the movies.
Literally fell asleep on it
I recall this being a huge scandal and this movie did not show it that way. There seemed to be a lack of drama or urgency in what was at hand.
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.
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.
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.