The Front Runner (2018)


Critic Consensus: The Front Runner exhumes the wreckage of a political campaign with well-acted wit, even if it neglects to truly analyze the issues it raises.


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Oscar (R) nominee Hugh Jackman stars as the charismatic politician Gary Hart for Academy Award (R)-nominated director Jason Reitman in the new thrilling drama The Front Runner. The film follows the rise and fall of Senator Hart, who captured the imagination of young voters and was considered the overwhelming front runner for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination when his campaign was sidelined by the story of an extramarital relationship with Donna Rice. As tabloid journalism and political journalism merged for the first time, Senator Hart was forced to drop out of the race - events that left a profound and lasting impact on American politics and the world stage.


Hugh Jackman
as Gary Hart
Vera Farmiga
as Lee Hart
Molly Ephraim
as Irene Kelly
Kaitlyn Dever
as Andrea Hart
Ari Graynor
as Ann Devroy

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All Critics (112) | Top Critics (36)

"The Front Runner" doesn't hit us over the head with parallels to today's political and media world. It doesn't have to.

Nov 16, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

People answer in punchlines here, and leave it to director Reitman to always lead with irony.

Nov 16, 2018 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

The strength of "The Front Runner" is that it's an ensemble piece in which we get to know a lot of players in the press, the campaign, and elsewhere.

Nov 16, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Boston Globe
Top Critic

The movie is better at showing Rice (Sara Paxton) as a woman trampled by the press stampede - ditto Hart's wife Lee, played elegantly by Farmiga.

Nov 15, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Vera Farmiga plays Hart's wife Lee, brilliantly bringing home in just a few scenes the personal cost of a spouse's betrayal.

Nov 15, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The filmmakers put Hart's story squarely in the context of the present, when the norms and traditions that were evolving in 1987 now seem like the quaint artifacts of an era supplanted by a vicious double helix of personal destruction and shamelessness.

Nov 14, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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