So I just saw this movie this weekend. Politics aside, I didn't think the movie was amazing. It was good, but Clooney seemed to stray here and there a bit too much. There were some side stories that just didn't seem to have much of an impact, and areas that could have been more illuminated were not (particularly the suicide). I did like their use of authentic footage mixed with the movie's. I saw the movie with my parents, and they said it was quite authentic, as far as them smoking on camera and their general candor. I won't pretend to know a ton about McCarthy and who he was, but my dad, a conservative through and through, said McCarthy became more and more of an "the ends justify the means" type of guy as his anti-communism movement gathered steam. The movie seemed to do a decent job of conveying that message, and my two criticisms would be that 1) the movie picked up towards the end of McCarthy's run without examining him from the beginning and 2) that there was absolutely no take on events from McCarthy's side at all. Both of these would, in my opinion, be difficult to tackle the way this film was set up. Ultimately, the message I most agreed with was the assertation that TV has the potential to be an excellent tool for knowledge, but will never be appropriately used because, as the exec said in the movie, people don't want to watch programs that are so serious in nature all the time. They want to watch game shows and be insulated; think happy thoughts. I know others have seen this movie, but didn't see a specific thread devoted to it. I'm sure most of you here hated it, if you could stomach even paying to see it. Yes? No?