I'm not sure why I had such high hopes and expectations for this film. It does have a fine cast and garnered plenty of good reviews and award nominations. But a talky, morality play about politics is not a riveting way to spend a quiet evening. Especially when it's heavy on the play (as in speeches) and light on the morality (as in nobody seems to have any).
The writing, acting, and directing are very well done. The problem is that there does not seem to be a genuine heart and soul for the viewer to identify with. What's left is cold and hollow. One joy is watching Ryan Gosling do almost as much driving and brooding here as he does in the grittier Drive (which I liked more).
The Ides of March (IMDb)