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The Campaign (2012)


Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 194
Fresh: 125
Rotten: 69

Critics Consensus: Its crude brand of political satire isn't quite as smart or sharp as one might hope in an election year, but The Campaign manages to generate a sufficient number of laughs thanks to its well-matched leads.

Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 40
Fresh: 23
Rotten: 17

Critics Consensus: Its crude brand of political satire isn't quite as smart or sharp as one might hope in an election year, but The Campaign manages to generate a sufficient number of laughs thanks to its well-matched leads.


Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 121,739


Movie Info

When long-term congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) commits a major public gaffe before an upcoming election, a pair of ultra-wealthy CEOs plot to put up a rival candidate and gain influence over their North Carolina district. Their man: na´ve Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis), director of the local Tourism Center. At first, Marty appears to be the unlikeliest possible choice but, with the help of his new benefactors' support, a cutthroat campaign manager and his family's political connections, … More

R (for crude sexual content, language and brief nudity)
Directed By:
In Theaters:
Oct 30, 2012
Box Office:
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Campaign

All Critics (204) | Top Critics (43) | Fresh (125) | Rotten (69) | DVD (8)

Despite the obviousness of its political points, the film has a scattershot, breezy appeal.

Full Review… | August 20, 2012
New Yorker
Top Critic

What these dog days of political campaigning needs is a good, sharp political satire. Alas, The Campaign is not that movie -- not even close.

Full Review… | August 16, 2012
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic

Simply taken as a broad character comedy, "The Campaign" definitely has its moments.

Full Review… | August 13, 2012
Top Critic

It's way over the top, but then again, so are most modern political campaigns. Lots of funny s--- here.

Full Review… | August 10, 2012
Top Critic

[A] very raunchy and sometimes pretty funny comedy - which isn't above going for dumb jokes, but is also smart enough to play to its two stars' strengths.

Full Review… | August 10, 2012
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

This movie is single-handedly causing a major rise in our mirth deficit. It's so bad, I'm declaring a laugh emergency.

Full Review… | August 10, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

You keep waiting for the movie to say something, to find that extra level of inspiration we've seen each of these two guys reach. Or at least to justify making a political comedy in the first place.

Full Review… | June 23, 2013

It is meticulously bipartisan in its ridicule, from the right's embrace of God and guns, to the left's disingenuous stance against fat cats and big money.

Full Review… | May 26, 2013
The Patriot Ledger

The problem with situation comedy movies in general - and Will Ferrell vehicles such as The Campaign in particular - is that they usually fizzle out after the first 30 minutes.

Full Review… | April 21, 2013

But for all its silliness, THE CAMPAIGN fixes what's broken in American politics with easy laughs and sharp truths.

Full Review… | April 3, 2013
Badass Digest

Funny and entertaining, it's not a heavyweight contender, but who wants a heavyweight contender every time?

Full Review… | March 4, 2013

Poking fun at the nastiness of elections, The Campaign finally brings together two of Hollywood's funniest comedians.

Full Review… | March 4, 2013
Concrete Playground

We're not quite at the basic Jay Leno level of 'har har, politicians are shallow double-talkers!' humor, but sometimes we're dangerously close.

Full Review… | January 22, 2013

Jay Roach's The Campaign can be funny at times, but it's mostly an exercise of patience as two usually funny men scrape the bottom of the barrel for some truly unfunny jokes. Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis have both been in much better films.

Full Review… | November 11, 2012
We Got This Covered

A hopelessly broad and undisciplined comedy that features a small handful of amusing ideas but otherwise represents a major missed opportunity for rich Stateside election year satire.

Full Review… | November 1, 2012
Screen International

Funny and entertaining, it's not a heavyweight contender, but who wants a heavyweight contender every time?

Full Review… | October 30, 2012

If it's sophistication you're looking for, forget it. This one's strictly for low laughs, at which it succeeds nicely.

Full Review… | October 25, 2012
Movie Metropolis

[B]itter, brutal, and -- unfortunately for the hopes and dreams of the American people -- very very pointedly funny...

Full Review… | October 24, 2012
Flick Filosopher

Works great until it develops a conscience

Full Review… | October 20, 2012
Movie Habit

The Campaign is an equal split of smart and stupid. Some people may be off-put by the wild detours into vulgarity, but I relished it.

Full Review… | October 19, 2012
The Aristocrat

The Campaign does manage to strike a funny chord but don't be ashamed to find out these election results on home video.

Full Review… | October 2, 2012

Director Jay Roach lets swing with some comic haymakers - literally so when Cam aims a punch at his rival and ends up socking a baby in the jaw instead - but the gags are so unsubtle that the satire fails to deliver a knockout blow.

Full Review… | October 2, 2012
Movie Talk

Will Ferrell's funniest movie in years, this is a silly comedy with a terrible sentimental streak, but the political satire running through it is dead on

Full Review… | October 2, 2012

Using tired, lazy stereotypes that swerve any relevance to the times, it ironically treats both Americans and its audience with the same contempt as the politicians it lampoons.

Full Review… | September 30, 2012
Fan The Fire

With subtlety hardly its strong point (the humour is broad-beamed, brash and at times bordering on farce) it's raucous entertainment.

Full Review… | September 30, 2012
Daily Express


Full Review… | September 30, 2012
Observer [UK]

Audience Reviews for The Campaign


A real riot. This movie gets my vote. A raunchy, wild and hilarious comedy. Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell are comedy gold together. A super funny satire that packs plenty of laughs and a great cast. Dylan McDermott and Jason Sudeikis are terrific. A really funny good time. Over the top fun from start to finish.

Al S

Super Reviewer


When it comes to producing knowing and quite clever jokes about the Democrats and Republicans, The Campaign gets it right and is quite funny. Everything else is overdone. The suggestion that someone punched a baby is always going to get a better effect than actually showing someone punching a baby. Better still, do something funnier than punch a baby, which really isn't all that funny. Zach Galifianakis is a one trick pony, that said, I don't mind him so much. Will Ferrell is more love or hate, I'm on the hate side I'm afraid but he's not too bad in this one I suppose. I idea is fine, different comedy actors would have made a huge difference, change the leads and the film could have been much better.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer


Not Ferrell's best turn, but he's done much worse. And Zach Galifianakis isn't doing much you haven't seen before, rolling his Seth Galifianakis character into his role as bumpkin-cum-politician Marty Huggins. But what you see really is what you get: two talented comic foils going at each other for 90 minutes. The story is a bit thin but the supporting cast is also funny. There can be only one Anchorman in Ferrell's career - even if he is making a sequel - and this isn't it. That doesn't mean there's anything wrong with the movie. It's a comedy... laugh already.

Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer


"The Campaign" is the epitome of every single one of these actors selling out. Brady and Huggins are battling it out and doing whatever it takes to win their election day, and that premise works for such a film as it is being put out to be, but hardly ever does a joke work and we never get ay real emotion that is needed. I expected to laugh out loud at the talented actors, but the script wasn't even well-written, so it was pretty difficult to make the movie any good, when there is nothing there to do so. This film is laugh-free, the script is terrible, the acting feels ham-handed, and the director doesn't do many unique things to hide any of that. This is one of the worst comedies I've seen in a while. Very disappointed!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

The Campaign Quotes

What's it all about?
Cam Brady:
America, Jesus, freedom.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (5 months ago)
Marty Huggins:
Bring your brooms because it's a mess.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (5 months ago)
Marty Huggins:
Dad, if you're still holdin' a grudge because I wore crocs to Mom's funeral, like I've told a thousand times, I'm sorry. Mom would have wanted it that way. She was casual.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (17 months ago)
Cam Brady:
You know the difference between your Mom and washin' machine? When I dump a load in the washin' machine it doesn't follow me around for three weeks.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (17 months ago)
Marty Huggins:
I'm gonna roll up my sleeves, put my sandwich in my lunch pail, and grab my broom. Cause it's a mess.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (17 months ago)
Marty Huggins:
Hey, Travis, you tired this mornin'?
Nope just high.
– Submitted by Alyssa B (17 months ago)

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