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'Our Brand Is Crisis' pulls punches, but Sandra Bullock is in high gear

'Our Brand Is Crisis' pulls punches, but Sandra Bullock is in high gear

Like the politicians and political consultants it mocks, "Our Brand Is Crisis" doesn't completely deliver on what it promises. Nominally a satiric comedy, the film is only sporadically effective, running out of energy before it reaches the end.

To its credit, "Crisis," directed by David Gordon Green, is the rare major studio comedy to have anything serious on its mind, and that's because its plot was inspired by an excellent Rachel Boynton documentary that came out a decade ago.

Boynton's remarkable film, also called "Our Brand Is Crisis," went behind the scenes as a high-powered American political consulting...

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