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!
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!!
Literally fell asleep on it
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.
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.
captured the period perfectly
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.
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.