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The Campaign

2012
Comedy
1h 25m
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Rated 13 Sep 2019
68
56th
I feel like a clip of Peter Sellers saying, "Gentlemen, you can't fight in here. This is the war room," would've sufficed.
Rated 13 Sep 2012
2
14th
While acknowledging that there is one bit in the middle (involving a cell phone sex tape) that made me laugh long and loud, I found the overall picture thin and with no real message more insightful than that politics are wacky. Ferrell is fine, but Galifanakis's aggressively "Look, I'm being funny!" performance is just grating.
Rated 23 Sep 2012
40
5th
Some genuinely funny moments and I love that Zach is channeling 'Seth' Galifianakis for his character. That being said for the most part this movie was a bomb, too over the top for its own good. Will Ferrel is playing the same Ricky Bobby/Ron Burgundy Character he usually does.
Rated 29 Jul 2013
60
53rd
As stupid a satire as the American 'Democracy' deserves. Extra double bonus points for giving me the answer to a question I've always been pondering, though, in glorious super slo-mo. So that's what that would look like!
Rated 11 Aug 2012
64
44th
Amusing, but it could have been so much more. Zach's "Seth Galifinakis" stand-up was funny, but the humor relied on the jokes as much as the delivery. The Campaign doesn't have that many great ones, at least to warrant more than a matinee with low expectations.
Rated 21 Oct 2012
17
11th
Doesn't work as a satire, doesn't work as a comedy, doesn't work as a social commentary. I'm really not sure what this was supposed to be. Poor casting decisions and an all-round weak effort. The best moments were a baby being punched in the face and John Goodman extolling the virtues of fake tits.
Rated 17 Sep 2012
60
14th
Nope.
Rated 17 Nov 2012
36
5th
Sporadically hilarious, highly predictable and consistently inconsistent and silly. Ultimately, The Campaign is an average comedy that doesn't live up to its potential.
Rated 24 Feb 2013
50
4th
It's not all that bad, but then it has a Green Day song playing over the credits and I want to hate it. Oh well. Moving on with my life.
Rated 27 Oct 2012
52
56th
Am I a bad person for laughing at babies and dogs getting punched?
Rated 14 Aug 2012
60
34th
A chilling documentary on the state of American politics.
Rated 14 Aug 2012
48
13th
I suppose you could say the movie is a critique on the absurdity of politics, but I'm not even sure the makers of it wanted it to be anything more than a Ferrell/Galifianakis comedy with a political backdrop. Meaning it makes fun of politics but doesn't tackle it in any real meaningful or militant way. My brother really liked it, I'm mostly indifferent. I don't recommend it but it does have a few good laughs. Too few and far between, however. Also not a huge Zach or Will fan for what it's worth.
Rated 27 Oct 2012
50
27th
Did they just play Green Day over the closing credits? Fuck off.
Rated 15 Jan 2017
4
12th
The American political satire has its moments, particularly early on as Brady is introduced ("America. Jesus. Freedom.") and Huggins learns the ropes, but it quickly wears thin, with only occasional outside relief (see the uproarious Huggins family confessional), as its growing ridiculousness offers more misses (see the CGI baby-punching) than hits (see the popularity-increasing sex tape and shooting), and bland side-characters (see the Motch bros) don't help. It ends nicely though.
Rated 22 Aug 2013
40
19th
A few laughs.
Rated 26 Aug 2012
68
50th
Exceeded my expectations but only because of Galifianakis. He thrives in this role and is easily his best work from a pure character standpoint. He's basically doing his fictional brother bit through an entire feature film and every moment is brilliant.
Rated 03 Dec 2012
74
46th
Funny but had some very low points. didn't quite reach expectations
Rated 27 Dec 2012
74
39th
I laughed a lot, and really, that's what a comedy is meant to do, make people laugh, so I have to say that this was a good movie.
Rated 30 Sep 2016
28
0th
The Campaign is almost as much of a disaster as the 2016 presidential campaigns. Even with some of Will Ferrell's more unpopular films, I usually get a good dose of laughter, but not here. The strength of a comedy movie is its laughs, and this movie did not deliver enough to satisfy the run time.
Rated 03 Dec 2012
59
26th
A good comedy if a little forgettable. Not much to write about concerning the look of the film, fairly bland cinematography and lighting. The performances are the key that makes the movie go by as enjoyably as it does. Satirizes American politics by (very lightly) arguing that both sides are as bad as each other - with a little more bite this would have been a great statement, but as it stands it's a little limp, but funny, character-based comedy.
Rated 22 Oct 2012
55
21st
The movie is funny at times but mostly it just rolls on. The acting wasnt that great either. The movie tries to be satire on todays political world.
Rated 28 Aug 2012
48
17th
The leads are both funny: ferrel brings his familiar bravado and galifinianakis creates a quirky little character, and there are some decent supporting performances, but the material is uneven and often weak, which makes this a mediocre bit of fun instead of a relevant political satire
Rated 23 Sep 2013
74
43rd
pretty hilarious at times. I felt that it wasn't quite classic gold but I have to admit there were moments that had me cracking up pretty damn hard. Of course the infamous baby punching scene was funny and the jokes to follow were even better!
Rated 29 Oct 2012
95
65th
Funny :)
Rated 06 Nov 2012
65
30th
A lot of laughs :D but no seriousness involved, no real message (although they do try), just that campaigning really changes your life and makes you into a person who is a complete dick most of the time.
Rated 22 Oct 2012
70
28th
A let-down, considering how much it could have said but didn't. Enjoyable, nonetheless, but I would have preferred it took a darker route to make it clearer what they were trying to say.
Rated 04 Oct 2012
5
87th
LOL
Rated 25 Oct 2012
38
16th
The stabs at the US political system are pretty succesful, but sadly most of the jokes aren't.
Rated 30 Oct 2013
63
27th
63.000
Rated 13 Sep 2013
17
18th
Why, how and... What?
Rated 24 Sep 2012
70
60th
I liked it. There was a lot of funny stuff in this, the only downside I can suggest was the ending which was disappointing after all of the hilarity through the film. Still worth a look for sure.
Rated 28 Jun 2018
30
9th
As lazy as they come.
Rated 10 Jul 2024
36
31st
I don't know why they decided to end the film on a juvenilely positive note, kinda annoyed by that, but I had a few laughs.
Rated 17 Aug 2021
4
27th
The Campaign is heavily reliant on your enjoyment of Ferrell and Galifianakis. Their chemistry is actually decent, but I find that the writing brings out the worse of both's schlick. It felt really aggressive and stupid, and while it's parodying the stereotypical idea of something controversial as politics, it feels lazy and even when it has moments of genuine intention, it feels awkward, almost kinda fake. It has some decent jokes, but everything else just fails to impress.
Rated 30 May 2021
100
94th
Oh man, it was so fun watching this and be high... I found there for me some memorable good speeches given... I just cannot remember any of those which I memorized before... :D
Rated 14 Feb 2021
50
5th
It's the battle of the one liners with zero meat added to the script to make it mean something. Over played and over done in comedy as of late to turn everything into a massive farce and run with it. Boring and frustrating there is very little good humour here and it's all forced through gags and other served up attempts to make cringe worthy laughs.
Rated 03 May 2020
62
18th
This has a few laughs, sure, but these two stars are so much funnier than this movie is.
Rated 02 Jun 2018
64
23rd
63.00+.58 = 63.58.
Rated 07 Oct 2017
67
69th
Yes, it's silly, rude and crude humour which is what satirical comedy should be. Ferrell and Galifianakis have great chemistry riffing off each other. The supporting cast are quite good as well.
Rated 01 Feb 2018
40
9th
Disappointing. Will Ferrell delivers another mediocre incarnation of the same old same old. It's practically Talladega Nights with minor changes. I'm no puritan, but they were throwing in cuss words simply for the sake of it. Zach was the only redeeming thing about the movie: he was fantastic.
Rated 21 Oct 2012
65
24th
Hilarious at times, worth the watch. But weak ending.
Rated 18 Dec 2012
40
8th
Surprisingly boring.
Rated 16 Aug 2012
100
51st
very funny 10 out of 10
Rated 02 Dec 2013
5
30th
The Campaign could and should of been a decent comedy considering its potential and the people involved. But it's disappointingly something of a flop. Ferrell & Galifianakis have a few laughs between them and there are a handful of quality Ferrell one liners. But overall their performances are a little too slap stick for my liking. And other than Sudeikis, the supporting cast is pretty poor too. Although it's not to be taken in anyway seriously, The Campaign is just too stupid for its own good.
Rated 20 Mar 2013
63
79th
Pretty funny, but biting political satire, or any form of satire it certainly ain't, which was disappointing.
Rated 13 Nov 2012
40
25th
One of Farell's stronger movies in quite some time, The Campaign is a somewhat fun film openly mocking the US political system. Over-the-top (usually a word that describes Will Farrell) is exactly what this movie is. Motives, situations, humor. It's all over the top, all the time, and it's exhausting. There are a few hilarious scenes, but most of the film gets nothing more than a chuckle or a grin.
Rated 16 Oct 2017
60
20th
If you can accept that this is a satire (or maybe just a parody) of election campaigns and not politics itself, you should have a decent time; the comedy is pretty uneven but it's mostly funny, and there's some clever exaggerations (the shooting springs to mind). That ending, though. I was expecting a cop-out, but good grief. It's like the ending of "Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington" without the irony.
Rated 01 Dec 2012
68
57th
Haters gonna hate, but I laughed nonstop through this movie.
Rated 15 Mar 2016
31
12th
True Story: I started and walked away from this movie 6 times before finally watching it all the way through and realizing that by walking away before my brain was trying to save me.
Rated 02 Dec 2012
68
10th
A lot of laughs. It's an agreeable way to spend an hour and a half, but after almost nothing but bad behavior on all sides, it settles for a totally unmerited, upbeat sentimental conclusion. But I guess that's showbiz for ya! Katherine LaNasa is politically good as the smiling, cold, unprincipled political wife.
Rated 01 Oct 2012
30
0th
The only thing worse than Ferrell, is Galifianakis!
Rated 16 Oct 2013
72
45th
Underrated classic.
Rated 05 Aug 2014
48
44th
Desperately tries but can't get over its lead actors' limitations as one-note caricatures.
Rated 12 Nov 2012
35
8th
Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis tag-team on an alleged comedy designed solely to jab at Republicans without an attempt at even playing fair. A couple of decent gags may squeak in, but of course the film relies heavily on heartless vulgarity and exaggerated spearheading of conservative politicians. In my opinion, the filmmakers ran with a concept and banked on not even trying to begin with. The film is flat and obvious to the core.
Rated 08 Nov 2012
25
4th
This is what you end up watching when you are stuck with a bunch of people due to a hurricane because the only person with power is your roommate's girlfriend. At least I forced them to watch In Bruges the next night.
Rated 04 Nov 2012
50
13th
Would have been much better if they pushed the satirical side of it more. There is some funny moments, but not enough of them to make it good.
Rated 24 Oct 2012
54
21st
Doesn't really like it's main character so you don't either.
Rated 20 Aug 2012
50
14th
Although they're both Republicans, if there were political sides being taken I couldn't tell it. it was mostly gross, silly and/or stupid over-the-top pointless humor--which some in the younger, largely 20-something audience thought was funny. The bad guys (Aykroyd and Lithgow) were capitalists selling the district to the Chinese (????). The ending was the movie's only saving grace. Overall, very weak and another Ferrell flop.
Rated 18 Jun 2013
80
16th
Fun comedy
Rated 23 Jan 2013
49
36th
It's seriously lightweight and stupid, and as any sort of intelligent satire it works on almost no level whatsoever. But fuck it! It did make me laugh. It could have been with being 10 minutes shorter and a little tighter, but Ferrell and Galifianakis put in entertaining performances and they're enough to just about carry the film. Points deducted for having Green Day on the soundtrack....uurghhh....
Rated 17 Sep 2014
63
26th
The Campaign contains a few laughs but other than that it's a typical comedy with little to ride home about
Rated 09 Oct 2013
31
6th
Yeah, it's another Will Ferrell movie that feels kind of like an overlong Saturday Night Live sketch. It feels like they tried so hard to make every other line in the movie funny, it never really has any breathing room. So you don't so much get a story as you do a pile of jokes. Like they were afraid someone would try to change the channel in the middle of the movie if they didn't see something funny happen in approximately five seconds.
Rated 12 Jan 2013
59
31st
It surpassed my very low expectations, but I have to admit, I was very drunk when I watched it, which seems to be the way to watch these kinds of movies.
Rated 17 Feb 2013
79
52nd
One of the better comedies I've seen recently. As usual, the last 20 minutes is very lame.
Rated 06 Sep 2013
50
10th
Forgettable with a few fleeting laughs.
Rated 31 Jul 2013
57
26th
Whoever cast Galifianakis's fatter son is a genius. I could look at that kids moon head & mini face all day. The Campaign plays out like a homogenised, ridiculous political version of Network. It does have a straight forward format, but manages to get that push when it needs to, to set it apart from the usual brand of Ferrell comedy. Highlight is probably the dinner sequence with Goldman Sachs. It felt like they set up the cameras & audio & let the actors genuinely take the piss for a little bit
Rated 10 May 2013
61
28th
Sub par comedy really doesn't have a ton of laughs. Large segments went by where I just kind of zoned and heard only silly accents.
Rated 19 Nov 2012
70
47th
By far not the best comedy I've seen...the baby punching was not funny, but Dylan McDermott's character is perfection.
Rated 27 Dec 2013
57
23rd
Ok, it's got a few scenes that you'd expect in a Will Ferrell film, and a few scenes that you'd expect in a Zach Galifianakis film. If this film were capable of taking the personalities of these two comedic actors and somehow blending them into something cohesive, we might have had comedy gold. Instead, the film has a very jarring brand of comedy that only seldom hits the mark.
Rated 20 Nov 2013
48
7th
Galifianakis had some great potential in his stand up, but this is about as low as it gets. There were times where I seriously considered clawing my own eyes out. This is the kind of horribly stupid comedy that only thrives in the deep south.
Rated 16 Jan 2013
48
7th
Despite the laughs it generates, The Campaign succeeds only in pointing out how ridiculous we've all become when it comes to our politics, and that's not hefty enough a message for the possibilities it opens up, because for all its ambition, it doesn't tell us anything we didn't already know, nor does it give us a new way to look at what we know. In fact, by presenting us the happier of the possible endings, it seems to let us all off the hook, when perhaps it should be delivering one instead.
Rated 04 Sep 2012
62
39th
Pretty funny. Certainly a parody of politics, but it's not made to be a satire so much as it's just a Ferrell and Galifinakis vehicle. If you like these guys, you'll enjoy it.
Rated 23 Oct 2012
72
32nd
Does what it sets out to do: Make some jokes, sprinkle in some not so subtle commentary and end before it wears out its welcome. Nothing special but it made me laugh a bit.
Rated 18 Nov 2012
68
52nd
i enjoyed it especially because will ferrell is less "will ferrell"y as in other will ferrell movies.
Rated 14 Oct 2013
68
25th
Well, its not a good movie. But the fact alone, that this has the breeding grounds to be a good one is kind of scary. And in some scenes you can sense the education-free, ideologic and deeply blinded monster, nowadays we call the society of the USA.
Rated 05 Aug 2013
50
33rd
A few laughs here and there, but criminally underdeveloped.
Rated 10 Feb 2013
50
39th
Well... as a comedy... almost sucks. Maybe, because of Galifianakis (his style doesn't work on me). Maybe because of Ferrell (always the same acting). Maybe because of the script (sexist language does not fit on a GOOD comedy). But I can keep the satire on the "hot topic" of a bad election system based, on dirty money and returned favors.
Rated 21 Oct 2012
63
50th
Never not amusing, but also pretty scattershot, with an ending that's predictable in the extreme. It'll hit you with a really on-target satirical gag one minute, then something really broadly, kinda tiresomely cartoony the next. It's fine, though. I laughed. Galifianakis is as funny here as he's ever been.
Rated 12 Aug 2012
80
78th
I laughed consistently and heartily throughout. I like both Ferrell and Galifianakis so take that for what it's worth.
Rated 02 Jun 2013
60
47th
Averagely funny. Could have been a lot better. Maybe a cash grab?
Rated 29 Nov 2012
50
37th
Zach really isn't funny expect in the hangover movies.
Rated 14 Apr 2013
69
26th
Some good laughs. Not much else.
Rated 11 Sep 2012
76
56th
This is a funny film that is a good satire on American politics. Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis are both really funny in the lead roles. If you like these actors then it is a good chance you will enjoy this comedy. The ending of the film is a little weak but the movie is enjoyable overall.
Rated 09 Aug 2012
30
17th
The Campaign will be enjoyable for Will Ferrell or Zach Galifianakis fans. That's as simple as it is. You like them, you'll like the movie. There's a really funny section in the film that lasts for about twenty minutes that even non-fans will enjoy, but for the most part, this is a film you go see for either of the two leads. It's a movie that would have been better had it decided to tackle its political subject matter with more ferocity, but most of the audience won't care anyway.
Rated 31 Jan 2014
68
22nd
not as powerful as it should/could have been, better than i had a right to expect it to be.
Rated 17 Oct 2013
72
46th
Will Ferrell once again GREAT! And as a side note Tim Whatley had the same name as the dentist in Seinfeld. #1250
Rated 19 Jan 2013
80
41st
Ok movie; I think Zach Galifianakis' character made me cringe more than I expected to (even more than I did in "Due Date"). Will Ferrell plays an almost believable typical politician, what with all the laws and propriety that they flout with impunity, and the obvious swipes at real-life campaign financing outrages a la Koch ("Motch") brothers. The best part of the movie: Dylan McDermott's campaign adviser character. I kept my eyes peeled throughout the movie for his scenes alone.
Rated 17 Nov 2012
64
56th
Cool comedy about democrats and republicans, the hilariously absurd things they do and say, and how big money from corporations make the whole thing look like a circus. Roach prefers the optimistic finale, what doesn't make it any lighter. Basically, politics, not just in America, is just like Huggins says at the end: either you have your pants down -- if you are a loser --, or you become a congressman.
Rated 21 Oct 2012
65
17th
Thought the majority of the movie was typical Ferrel man-childishness, I did laugh at the baby being sucker punched. Dylan McDermott remains super fine in his 50s...Also, nice follow up to Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Lithgow.
Rated 13 Jan 2016
51
27th
I'll be honest, this was just on in the background so I didn't really give it all of my attention. A couple bits worked though. Definitely some dull moments that I just checked out for. I would like to see this made if they cut out a lot of the filler and side stories and just made a 45 minute movie. Why can't a movie be 45 minutes? I think there is potential for dumb/goofy stuff like this to thrive in a shorter format.
Rated 04 Nov 2014
51
22nd
* Casting, Acting : 6 * Script : 4.5 * Directing, Aura : 5.5 * Ease of Viewing : 5 * Naked Eye : 4.5
Rated 04 Dec 2012
62
18th
Another un-funny Will Ferrell movie. I've come to the conclusion that Ferrell needs a great sidekick like John C. Reilly to build himself up in a good comedy like Stepbrothers. This movie though was just disappointing. Galifanakis was pretty funny but not too much. I feel like I laughed harder at side characters in the movie more than the leads. I did really like the Campaign manager for Zach. Seems like they pumped this out quick for the 2012 election and didn't think it through too hard.
Rated 05 Nov 2012
53
30th
The average Daily Show segment has more depth and is funnier to boot. However, the moment Will Ferrell punches a baby in the face in slow motion will probably be the highlight of my week.
Rated 06 Jan 2013
60
42nd
5+ pretty good
Rated 30 Oct 2012
50
31st
It's lowbrow and the jokes are crude, and yet, due to Ferrell and Galifianakis being as likable as they are, it somehow still becomes watchable.
Rated 30 Sep 2012
72
32nd
The madcap side of things sometimes grates, but there's some reasonable satire here too, which delivers more often than might be expected. Worth a viewing.

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