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Bulworth Review

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  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    It's a tease of a satire that never really follows through on its audacious premise.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    It has the audacity that “Primary Colors” should have displayed, but was afraid to. Bulworth is willing to openly offend to get its point across. That's something that “Primary Colors” was nervous about doing.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Warren Beatty's uproariously rude Bulworth is 90% triumph.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Warren Beatty's Bulworth made me laugh -- and wince.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Mark Caro

    His movie isn't a surgical attack at this problem and that; it's a cluster bomb intended to reap destruction, make a mess and jolt all who see it to react.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Smug but fun political satire for adults only.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is all about satirizing and subverting the American political process, a complicated topic that most kids probably won't get. Also, Jay and Constance Bulworth are in a loveless marriage. Constance is having an affair that's made explicit by the fact that she's shown lying in bed naked (nothing provocative is shown) with her lover. Jay flirts with Nina and tells the audience that he can get lots of p---y because of his powerful role in the Senate. Jay swears a lot, talks about being suicidal, drinks, smokes pot, and plans to have himself killed. His staffers snort cocaine. Children are shown with guns and as drug dealers.

  • Families can talk about whether they agree with Bulworth's statements and whether they think the film is effective. What do you think of the film as a political satire? Did you learn anything new from watching it, or does it reaffirm what you already believe? What do you think would happen in real life if a politican behaved the way Jay Bulworth does?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: A political satire, the movie attempts to show Bulworth making good on his political convictions and exposing political hypocrisy. At the same time the film includes some extreme stereotypes of urban culture.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Bulworth plans to have himself killed. Child drug dealers carry guns. Bulworth is shot.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Bulworth's wife is shown in bed with her lover in a non-explicit love scene.

  • language false5

    Language: Extreme profanity, including almost every expletive you can think of.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: KFC is mentioned by Bulworth and then you see him in his limo getting a bucket of chicken.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false5

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Bulworth drinks and drives and smokes pot, and his advisers snort cocaine.