Ambition seduces and power corrupts in a nerve-wracking thriller from Academy Award; nominated director George Clooney (GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD LUCK). Idealistic campaign worker Stephen Myers (Ryan Gosling) has sworn to give all for Governor Mike Morris (Clooney), a wild card presidential candidate whose groundbreaking ideas could change the political landscape. However, a brutal Ohio primary threatens to test Morris's integrity. Stephen gets trapped in the down-and-dirty battle, discovering himself caught up in a scandal where the only path to survival is to play both sides. The all-star cast includes Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood.
This skeptical, savory movie [is] a rich offering from HollywoodÃ¢??s liberal Ambassador, and a splendid diversion from the drab crankiness of real politics. -- Richard Corliss, TIME