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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, disturbing and extremely funny political satire
Other than a few forced silly moments, this is the sharpest, darkest, bravest,
most disturbing political satire out of Hollywood since "Network".

This is Beatty's career best performance by far, making his rapidly breaking
down liberal US Senator into a character simultaneously howlingly
funny, pitiable, admirable, wince-inducing, pathetic and...
Published on 12 Dec 2011 by K. Gordon

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3.0 out of 5 stars The "Nightmare" Movie
(Warning: this film deals with gun crime and violence and multi-cultural conflicts, if you think you may be affected by this, please do not watch this)

Beatty was starting to distance himself away from Hollywood after making Reds in 1991. One of the few films he worked on, after this was the controversial black-comedy bashing the US government...
Published on 16 Feb 2007 by I. Thomson


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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, disturbing and extremely funny political satire, 12 Dec 2011
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This review is from: Bulworth [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
Other than a few forced silly moments, this is the sharpest, darkest, bravest,
most disturbing political satire out of Hollywood since "Network".

This is Beatty's career best performance by far, making his rapidly breaking
down liberal US Senator into a character simultaneously howlingly
funny, pitiable, admirable, wince-inducing, pathetic and horrifying.

Beatty has made a film that walks the razor's edge right along with its lead
character, using deliberately provoking racial and cultural stereotypes at the
same time it shreds them.

This isn't a polite "the system needs fixing" movie, it's an in-your-face scream
that the system as we know it is broken, perhaps beyond all repair. That idea
seems only more timely now.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN', 5 Dec 2002
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Daniel S. "Daniel" (Geneva, Switzerland) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Bulworth [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
Who can say that motion pictures are not a mirror of the society ? When Frank Capra, during WW2, presented MR SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON or MR DEEDS GOES TO TOWN, it wasn't necessary for this director to give an explanation of the deep motivations which lead his heroes. Gary Cooper and James Stewart were idealistic guys whose actions please the audience's thirst for social justice. Now when Warren Beatty desires to shoot BULWORTH, he has to present a comedy if he doesn't want that the public considers his movie as a Disney product destined to the 10 years old audience.
Jay Bulworth is going nuts because he hasn't anything to lose anymore. So why not tell the truth to the californian voters. BULWORTH is a public confession : Warren Beatty confesses to the world that he has always lied, that politics are made of this. BULWORTH is a bitter-sweet comedy : american people don't care. BULWORTH is a tragedy : he will be reelected.
For sure Warren Beatty has had a great time writing BULWORTH. Who wouldn't have ? To tell, under the veil of a comedy, what you have kept hidden in your mind during years must be a real pleasure. Just think of the scene at the Hollywood moghuls' house. In my opinion, BULWORTH deserves to be considered as the best american movie of 1998 for his critical vision of a society looking for a lost ideal.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Warren Beatty excels in the directing seat... and as Bulworth, 15 Feb 2012
This review is from: Bulworth [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
I'd read quite a bit about this movie over the years and finally jumped on the chance to pick up a cheap copy and give it a watch. If I'd have known just how funny this was I would have picked it up years ago. Warren Beatty directs and stars as Senator Bulworth who signs himself up to a $10m life insurance policy and then gets a hitman to kill him. Before he is killed he decides at a church meeting in a predominantly poor black area that he will tell it like it is and that the politicians don't care about them. He suddenly finds himself gaining popularity and he starts rapping about everything and even takes drugs at a club whilst trying to cancel the impending hit. Halle Berry is very good as Nina, who helps him on his campaign but is also being paid to kill him, unbeknown to him. Bulworth is a funny political film that actually brings up some valid political points and is definately coming recommended from me. 4/5
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, but serious., 19 Mar 2009
This review is from: Bulworth [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
This film is an excellent one. It is one of those rare films that manages to mesh satire, drama and message in a way that makes you feel you've watched something with a purpose, yet still you have been entertained.

Warren Beatty performs admirably as the senator that has nothing to live for, and who stirs up a hornet's nest by breaking out of his assigned political role of telling lies to the public and bowing to the will of big business, thinking that his life will end. His struggle to regain his life makes the story come alive with stark drama to balance the wit and cleverness of the comedy, and without spoiling the ending I will say that it is a masterpiece.

This may not be the best movie EVER, but it is incredibly well put together, which easily makes it top of the class of political satire.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny political satire, 28 May 2000
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This review is from: Bulworth [VHS] [1999] (VHS Tape)
Warren Beatty plays senator Bulworth, but life is no longer meaningful to him, so he sets off on a "truthful" campaign and to have a good time in the process, much to the disbelief of his aides and opponents. Incredibly witty, most of Beatty's lines are in rhyme.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Politicians: take note, 18 Mar 2004
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Andy Millward (Tiptree, Essex, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Bulworth [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
Bulworth is one of those films that leave you thinking "wouldn't it be great if people did that in real life?" In this case, politicians who rediscover their sense of morality and integrity, tell the truth at all times, behave like human beings and stop trying to kid us they're somehow superior to the rest of us - UK and US alike.
I'm not normally that keen on the Warren Beatty didactic school of acting, but here he's totally delightful as a politician with a crumbling facade, discovering that he really likes the person underneath - the warm, witty and engaging fellow who went into politics for all the right reasons.
Combining this with a farcical auto-assassination plot and tacking on a range of black issues was risky, but works better than several other Beatty epics. Its heart is in the right place, and wins points also for the passion and sincerity with which the disadvantaged in American society are portrayed.
Among many splendid supporting roles, I particularly love Paul Sorvino's stone-faced insurance industry lobbyist, who having set up a $10m life insurance policy for the senator finds his man making a series of outrageous statements on the culpability of the insurance industry in blatant profiteering within the healthcare business.
Perhaps the film isn't quite as funny as its ingredients suggest it ought to be, but it will leave you with a smile on your face and nodding sagely
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5.0 out of 5 stars Special Edition DVD, 21 Oct 2006
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Aristeidis N. Davvetas "The Freak" (Patra, Greece) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Bulworth [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
Someone really ought to do a 2 disc special edition set of Bulworth. If far lesser movies got this treatment, this gem certainly deserves that. Besides I've worn my regular edition DVD from multiple viewings and would like to buy something better this time!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best political-satyres ever made, 20 Aug 2002
This review is from: Bulworth [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
Together with "Wag the Dog" this is the best politcal-satyre ever made. Warren Beatty rapping disturbingly honest about everything that is politically incorrect in the USA, in what propably is his best performance.
Great supporting roles from Halle Berry, Don Cheadle and Oliver Platt.
Best scene is when Warren raps about the black-struggle using arguments, he heard from a drugdealer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A film that the politicians should have watched before Katrina, 24 Dec 2006
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Mr. J. Page "jay_hbk" (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Bulworth [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
For it's the same underlying socio econmical problems that America that was blown wide open, exposed and laid on the front pages of every news paper in the world to read about as it subtley underlined in this very funny political comedy. What Warren Beatty does so brilliantly here is he doesn't through the underlining meaning of this film in your face. Instead, the piece is a social commentry told through the eyes of Bulworth ... From the moment he signs his own death warrent, we see him go on a journey where he is finally allowed to care. Something that a lot of "higher" class people in America simply don't allow. The black people in this film are not seen, they do not contribute to election campaigns finanically so they are ignored ... A brilliant piece that was ahead of it's time and only now can one really look and realise just how cutting edge this film really was ... Stunning ending.
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4.0 out of 5 stars political satire - not subtle - but significant, 9 Sep 2003
This review is from: Bulworth [DVD] [1999] (DVD)
This is great political satire. Its central character, a sleep deprived senator, becomes the honest voice of US politics and its reliance on funding. For a UK watcher it's a fasinating warning - for an American, hopefully a little more.
In the plot, the senator adopts black culture, and "rap", to germinate a new type of politics. (Sleep-deprivation is a condition that historically combines insanity with clarity of mind.) This provides some of the best comedy and ultimatly the film's best scene (a TV interview). Nevertheless this is not a film about black issues (although it presents some of them with great clarity) in this way its biggest strength is also its weakness: to some degree it merely 'uses' these issues as a way of presenting other issues.
Nevertheless I love this file for its honesty, risk and fun. It is very watchable and a film that has not been given the serious consideration that it deserves.
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