I remember a lot of critics complaining that the film didn't show anything new and that it didn't have anything original to say. While this may be true it's really difficult to come up with something fresh when so many things have been already shown in cinema.
I myself enjoy the good story and entertaining film no matter how many times I've seen something similar before. Especially if the movie has a great cast. The Ides of March is certainly a fine example of that - Clooney, in addition to directing, cast himself in a supporting role, we also get to see such well known and talented actors as Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Evan Rachel Wood, Marisa Tomei and Jeffrey Wright. But the one performance that proves to be the most memorable is Ryan Gosling in a lead role.
While Gosling created many great performances such as the ones in Lars and the Real Girl and Blue Valentine, this here is my favorite performance of his. Much like Tilda Swinton in Michael Clayton he elevated his character beyond the script and created a very complex work. If the film deserved any nominations whatsoever, it would be that one.
Cool trivia: Some of Governor Mike Morris's campaign posters are inspired by Shepard Fairey's iconic "Hope" poster, used during Barack Obama's campaign in 2008. The AP photograph that Fairey used in "Hope" was taken at a 2006 press conference in which then Sen. Obama shared a stage with fellow Senator Sam Brownback and George Clooney, who had just returned from Sudan. Indeed, the image in the "Hope" poster is of Obama listening to Clooney speak.
Review of the film - HERE