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Our Brand Is Crisis

Drama . Comedy

A feature film based on the documentary "Our Brand Is Crisis", which focuses on the use of American political campaign strategies in South America.

Actors: Erick Chavarria , Carmela Zumbado , Candice Harrison , Joaquim de Almeida , Ann Dowd , Scoot McNairy , Zoe Kazan , Billy Bob Thornton , Anthony Mackie , Sandra Bullock
Directors: David Gordon Green
Country: USA
Release: 2015-10-30
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  • Damon Wise

    Sparks fly, but the grim cynicism of modern politics adds subversive weight to the film’s screwball comedy stylings and has a lot to say about modern politics, in the US as well as abroad.

    Empire Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    he movie is funny enough to get its share of laughs but, in its angry heart, it’s a tragedy - and the saddest part is that too much of this story is true.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Peter Keough

    Green’s narrative confidence quickly kicks in, as well as the sharp dialogue by screenwriter Peter Straughan (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”). More importantly, the film indulges in the unabashed goofiness that stoked Green’s “Pineapple Express,” and which Sandra Bullock demonstrated to raucous effect in “The Heat.”

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Katie Walsh

    Jane is a genius, but she's deeply flawed and complicated, struggling with substance abuse, mental illness, her own past regrets. That dark underbelly adds depth and dimension to the ironic humor of Our Brand is Crisis.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Calvin Wilson

    Provocative, intelligent but just a bit underwhelming, Our Brand Is Crisis — inspired by a 2005 documentary of the same name — plays as if the filmmakers started out with Oscar aspirations but ultimately weren’t up to the challenge.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Director David Gordon Green and screenwriter Peter Straughan sometimes stumble over this vast terrain of self-serving scoundrels (Trump trumps anything they can make up), but the laughs keep firing.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Gregory Ellwood

    The film is at its best when the storyline gets dangerously real and Bullock’s character struggles to justify the back room king making of a campaign with the needs of the country’s poor majority.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    Green wisely cedes control to his actors, with Bullock as the main engine pulling the material along. But neither his direction, nor any of the formidable performances, can do much to alleviate the bumpy road of Peter Straughan's screenplay.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Our Brand is Crisis hits a lot of clunky notes and the end is unforgivably cornball, but it’s still one of the liveliest political black comedies I’ve seen in a while. The pacing is lickety-split, the talk is boisterous, and the cast is all aces.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Amy Nicholson

    David Gordon Green's Our Brand Is Crisis is a horror film wrapped in fast-talking political comedy.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    As played by Sandra Bullock, Our Brand Is Crisis political spin doctor Jane Bodine is easily one of the best female roles of the last 10 years.

    Variety Full Review
  • Glenn Kenny

    Though not without its entertaining moments—the cast, led by Sandra Bullock, is energetic, sharp and gets a fair number of juicy bits to rock out with. But as a whole, Our Brand is Crisis is a messy affair that sputters along when it should be humming with assured cynical momentum. Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    The dueling dirty tricks zing half the time.... But subplots involving naive volunteers getting their hearts broken feel like strands from a less ambitious movie.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    It’s cute for a while. The stars are pros, and their scenes, often staged so that the characters are within breathing distance of each other, have snap.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Tim Grierson

    Politics is a dirty business, but Our Brand Is Crisis doesn’t stick its hands into the muck sufficiently to be as entertaining or stinging as it could be.

    Screen International Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Director David Gordon Green’s latest unpredictable addition to his resume is offbeat and appealing on some levels but is neither as funny nor as trenchant as it might have been.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Benjamin Lee

    The film is in need of an edge that Peter Straughan’s screenplay fails to deliver.... Yet Sandra Bullock seems blissfully unaware of the film’s faults and delivers a performance that expertly plays on her strengths.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    Our Brand Is Crisis shows flashes of insight cribbed from reality, nibbling the edges of satire without ever taking a big bite.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Brian Truitt

    The movie unfortunately gets stuck between edgy drama and broad comedy, and most of the humor lands with a thud.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    The attempt is to create a reality wide enough to accommodate the extremes of absurdity and hard political truth, but the pieces never cohere, and so we end up with a rattling bag of disparate elements.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    A mixed-bag satire with ambitions that veer wildly from sharp political insight to slapstick farce to inspirational semi-autobiography. It never finds solid ground in any of those genres.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    Nominally a satiric comedy, the film is only sporadically effective, running out of energy before it reaches the end.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Gordon is an eclectic director, and he has trouble with the tone here. It’s not that cynicism can’t evolve into something more useful in film. It’s that the reasons should be more convincing.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    Green and screenwriter Peter Straughan never completely go as far as they might have, satirically speaking.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Stephanie Merry

    The movie turns out to be something we’ve seen before: an underdog tale mixed with a redemption narrative.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    It treats the complicated moves and countermoves of a major election as fodder for a broadly comic grudge match.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    Our Brand Is Crisis adds up to a toothless exercise in missed opportunities that is half cautionary tale, half political satire and oddly insignificant as both.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    The comedy here isn’t very funny and the drama isn’t very sharp.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Green, who once had a solid and arty indy cinema career going, cannot for the life of him hit the right tone, here. The film is waterlogged when it should be jaunty, and the cynicism and the sentimentality are kept at arm’s length.

    Movie Nation Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    Director David Gordon Green steers a clumsy course between crass humor and sudden drama.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Eric Henderson

    It only serves to validate George Clooney's devotion to showmanship as Hollywood's current reigning poster boy for blue-state morality.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Alonso Duralde

    Even a better political satire would have a hard time keeping up with the bizarrely eccentric vaudeville currently taking place on cable news, but Our Brand Is Crisis can’t even come close.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Nikola Grozdanovic

    It has all the makings for Green to find that sweet-spot between drama and comedy, and make something special. Instead, we're left with something exasperatingly bland and almost claustrophobically generic.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • John Semley

    It’s the kind of film that can’t even bother to commit to its own cynicism, which makes it the most deeply cynical kind of film there is.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    This satire, directed by David Gordon Green from a screenplay by Peter Straughan, suffers from deficits of wit, wisdom, focus, filmmaking expertise and appropriate tone. It’s a case study, if nothing else, of starting with a dubious idea and making it downright awful.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
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