Even critics who admired The Ides of March for its fast moving melodramatics and juicy acting complained about a denouement awash in cynicism. But a bleak view of politics is not the same thing as a cynical wallow, not if the view is sufficiently grounded in a believable and gripping dramatic action. Though its plot contains a few loose ends, The Ides of March drives home a solid point, and it’s not the usual nihilistic one (à la The Best Man and Bob Roberts...
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