Atom User Reviews for The Front Runner

3.4 out of 5
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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.

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Charlie J

Definitely not a front runner!

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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!!

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Marie B
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Literally fell asleep on it

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Taylor A
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Hugh Jackman crushed it - hands down the most versatile actor of our generation.

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Jonathan F
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I enjoy the content and the story. It was a little slow. I was entertained. That’s why I go to the movies.

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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.

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Name W

A disappointment

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captured the period perfectly

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Metacritic

50
Nov 8, 2018

The production’s shrill insistence on scandal-mongering as the poison of our political process is trivializing, too. Given the profound currents and countercurrents that have transformed — and menaced — the news media in the last few years, this story plays like quaintly ancient history.

Metacritic review by Joe Morgenstern
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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