Perhaps the best thing about the film is that it doesn't let those other players in the political process off the hook: the voters.
—Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly
Think of it as someone making a peanut butter and chocolate swirl of Mad magazine and The New Yorker - two unique tastes making one great treat.
—James Rocchi Boxoffice Magazine
Fortunately, it's funny enough that it doesn't have to be subtle. In fact, subtlety would just get in the way.
—Keith Phipps The A.V. Club
Party affiliations mean nothing to the characters, nor does the plot approach them.
—Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times
The jokes never go deep, the toothless bites at the system leave no marks. It's only the wild-card energy of Ferrell and Galifianakis that keeps you on the ticket.
—Peter Travers Rolling Stone
With a target that tempting, it's not surprising that this cynical and funny film hits more often than it misses.
—Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times
Like the politicians it skewers, it knows the real winner is the stupidity, stupid.
—Joe Neumaier New York Daily News
Too soft and silly to be satire, too upbeat to be a cautionary tale, the film is a fun-house fable that both exaggerates and understates the absurdities of our democracy in this contentious election year.
—A.O. Scott The New York Times
While leads Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis are amusingly on point as a pair of mud-slinging contenders for Congress, the platform is a wobbly political satire that flip-flops chaotically between clever and crass, never finding a sturdy comedic footing.
—Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter
Instead of biting wit, though, the movie settles for sketch humor, standard-brand raunch and toothless slapstick that trivializes everything it touches.
—Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal