A campaign manager hires a private detective (Danny Huston) after a Colorado gubernatorial candidate finds a dead body while fishing.
" A film that should involve us more than it does. "
" A terrible disappointment. "
" Though there's nothing wrong with moral outrage, it doesn't always aid the telling of a complex story. More subtlety might have worked better. "
" Sayles must have felt the need to weigh in on the last election. But if he was going to do it, a little more planning, writing -- and especially casting -- would have helped. "
" If there's one thing Sayles has proved he's not gifted at over his long, respected career, it's comedy. "
" An uninvolving muddle. "
" Silver City is complex and literate, but if you're looking for a political satire this season, bring your own sense of humor. "
" Silver City does seem more like the work of a nuanced novelist than of a dynamic visual and dramatic talent. "
" Long, windy, diffuse in its message and blunt in its satire. "
" The movie's so crowded, the story becomes strangled, and the political message Sayles is clearly aiming for loses its bite. But it's worth seeing, if only for Cooper's performance. "
" A juicy political lampoon that may be too close to reality for certain people to find amusing. "
" Wildly uneven. "
" The movie takes off into the comic stratosphere in its first sequence and then slowly sinks to Earth, made logy by its noble means and Sayles' increasing inability to shoot anything but fat clots of undramatic talk in the most boring manner imaginable. "
" The plot of Silver City is movieish in the extreme, with filthy abandoned mines subbing for the bars and alleys of urban noir, but it's no more than mild cheese. "
" Silver City has a detective plot, important themes, clever lines and a passel of intriguing characters, but they're not put together in a way that holds your interest. "
" Using Dickie Pilager as a stand-in for George W. Bush seems too coy a tactic for these scabrous times. For better or worse, we want the real -- or at least, the 'real' -- deal. "
" Sayles' prolix narrative, weighed down with subplots and characters and canvassing many social ills, dilutes the impact of a work that should nevertheless still make an impact on thoughtful viewers. "
" Sayles has assembled a large, eclectic, talented cast. "
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