As criticized as the film has been by political pundits, it actually seemed pretty fair and balanced to me. It's not making either the Democrats or the Republicans into the bad guys. Even the film's portrayal of Palin is sympathetic - you feel, more than anything else, sorry for her at the end. Ed Harris and Julianne Moore lose themselves into their characters, but the stars of the film are the political strategists and staff (particularly Woody Harelson, Ron Livingston and Sarah Paulson). Instead of really feeling too soon, the film explores the problem political strategists are faced with an increasingly celebrity obsessed culture. Steve Schmidt essentially tries to counter Obama's pop celebrity status with a Republican pop celebrity - and it still amazes me how horribly successful he was and how disastrous of a failure it turned out to be.