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Grassroots (15)

Grassroots (15)

Comedy, Drama

After losing his job, a journalist reluctantly agrees to help his oddball friend with his bid to earn a seat on the Seattle City Council.

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The critical consensus

Chronically unappealing.

**(*)(*)(*)Robbie Collin, The Telegraph, 08/11/2012

Stephen Gyllenhaal crafts a couple of rousing election-night sequences, but can't quite make the ending resonate – unless we see Cogswell's story as the first, faint stirrings of the Occupy movement.

***(*)(*)Mike McCahill, The Guardian, 08/11/2012

Strange to think that Gyllenhaal's film is based on a true story because the idea of anyone voting for someone as unlikable as Grant seems a stretch.

**(*)(*)(*)Angie Errigo, Empire Online, 09/11/2012

Resembles the 1972 Robert Redford movie The Candidate had it been directed by Frank Capra. Their reaction mid-campaign to 9/11 is pure Capra.

Philip French, The Observer, 11/11/2012

Only Cedric the Entertainer’s McIver comes across as a likeable human being in the end, and as he’s the opponent of our heroes for much of the film, this only makes us dislike them more.

**(*)(*)(*)Niki Boyle, The List, 13/11/2012

The film's Very Annoying Character looms large in the rear-view mirror.

Sophie Monks Kaufman, Little White Lies, 08/11/2012

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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