The reviews are in for Friday’s R-rated opener The Campaign. By and large, the reception has been favorable as the tandem of Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell has been called a good one. The two apparently have a lot of chemistry and it shows up on the big screen resulting in an insightful and hilarious effort from director Jay Roach.
Critics did not stop there with the love as they also found the movie to have a satirical spin that one would expect from the man behind the HBO films Game Change and Recount. Sometimes that gets lost in favor of humor, but for the most part it is there which is more than you can say about a whole lot of rival offerings in the genre who live or die with the laughs.
There are some bad things about this movie as well. Reviewers are cautioning moviegoers that if lowbrow humor is not their thing, this is definitely not going to work for them. Also, they consider the jokes (and the satire) to be a tad inconsistent at times–something that is nothing new to the genre as that tends to be the case with most like offerings.
Rotten Tomatoes currently has this one at a 76% after 34 reviews meaning this could end up beating Seth MacFarlane’s Ted (69%) in the critical arena. It is unlikely though that it could topple 21 Jump Street (85%) though for the title of 2012′s best reviewed comedy.
Zach Galifianakis Dresses Up As Lady Gaga For ‘The Campaign’
Four New TV Spots for ‘The Campaign’ with Will Ferrell & Zach Galifianakis
Watch Rival Will Ferrell-Zach Galifianakis Campaign Ads for ‘The Campaign’