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      Recount

      TV-MA 2008 1 hr. 57 min. Drama List
      79% 33 Reviews Tomatometer 81% 2,500+ Ratings Audience Score In this dramatization of the 2000 presidential election, Al Gore concedes the presidency to George W. Bush, but recants when he learns of irregularities in the Florida vote count. Democratic strategists Ron Klain (Kevin Spacey) and Michael Whouley (Denis Leary) race to Florida to uncover the truth, as do Republicans under James Baker (Tom Wilkinson). Between faulty voting equipment and the vagaries of Florida's Secretary of State Katherine Harris (Laura Dern), a 36-day stalemate ensues. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Feb 20 Buy Now

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      Recount deftly brings a controversial chapter of electoral history to dramatic life with a compelling cast, although some viewers may take issue with its conclusions.

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      Audience Member Interesting film. I don't even remember it coming out. I do believe after seeing this film that there were some illegal shenanigans involved. I think the counting mishaps were innocent mistakes, but the registration purges were outright rigging! As a film, though, it held my interest fairly well. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member If you want insight into how polarizing American politics are then this is for you. People will lie, cheat, and steal to get their way even if it means sacrificing what makes us great as a country. Enjoyed the performances and thought the story was compelling. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review steve d Not a happy story but an important one entertainingly told, Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Twenty years later and the rank corruption and stupidity on display seem both familiar and quaint by today's standards, as the farce has only gained force, so that if the buffoonery here seems a bit too on the nose, it's only because both parties are full of clowns donning those big round red honkers. This gets 2.5 hanging chad for being more accurate than entertaining, and yet somehow less entertaining than the actual attempts at counting votes accurately by the electoral circus in Florida. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Audience Member It shows how Republicans had no scruples whatsoever to make Bush win. A political thriller that takes you into the most controversial election of the United States. A film you must not miss! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Audience Member The outcome may have already been seen prior to the film's start, but the tense atmospheric journey on the recount actually brings you back to that time and briefly makes you forget who won the 2000 election because you get caught on from a suspenseful perspective, while witnessing the unsurprising revelatory of suspicious conservatively countering lengths that becomes a little more thought-provoking at a supposed exposing rate. Understandable hesitance considering the current political climate should be able to find worthy acceptance on what this docudrama is capable of in transportation by a brilliant cast towards a roughly-decaying message that manageably solidifies the possibly satisfying resolution in the final minutes. (B+) (Full review TBD) Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Joanne Ostrow Denver Post Given its timeliness, "Recount" is a painful sort of fun, and likely a great argument starter. Mar 30, 2020 Full Review Hal Boedeker Orlando Sentinel The cable channel has taken a difficult, divisive topic and turned it into a clear, fast-moving thriller with comical overtones. Jun 14, 2018 Full Review Barrie Hardymon NPR It's so suspenseful that it's easy to forget that you already know how it ends. Jun 13, 2018 Full Review David Nusair Reel Film Reviews ...a matter-of-fact drama that's rarely as engrossing or captivating as one might've anticipated... Rated: 2.5/4 Nov 10, 2020 Full Review Tom Gliatto People Magazine The movie isn't subtle... but it takes on a big subject and gives it a light spin. Jun 14, 2018 Full Review Travis Fickett IGN Movies This film does an honest and fair job of presenting the facts in as complete a picture as two hours could possibly allow. Rated: 9.5/10 Jun 14, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis In this dramatization of the 2000 presidential election, Al Gore concedes the presidency to George W. Bush, but recants when he learns of irregularities in the Florida vote count. Democratic strategists Ron Klain (Kevin Spacey) and Michael Whouley (Denis Leary) race to Florida to uncover the truth, as do Republicans under James Baker (Tom Wilkinson). Between faulty voting equipment and the vagaries of Florida's Secretary of State Katherine Harris (Laura Dern), a 36-day stalemate ensues.
      Director
      Jay Roach
      Screenwriter
      Danny Strong
      Production Co
      HBO Films
      Rating
      TV-MA (L)
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      May 22, 2016
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