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THE CANDIDATE LUKEWARM RESPONSE TO `PRIMARY COLORS'

Tabulations are based on an exit poll averaging at least 300 film-goers per movie. Viewers rate the movie between 1 and 4 stars. "Audience Approval" is the percent who gave the film either 3 1/2 or 4 stars.

AUDIENCE NUMBER
MOVIES APPROVAL OF STARS
PUBLIC CRITICS
TITANIC
1. 99% 3.93.7
GOOD WILL
2.HUNTING 92% 3.83.3
AS GOOD AS IT
3.GETS 91% 3.83.4
THE WEDDING
4.SINGER 89% 3.62.3
THE MAN IN
5.THE IRON MASK 87% 3.72.5
U.S. MARSHALS
6. 81% 3.62.8
THE APOSTLE
7. 82% 3.63.6
MR. NICE GUY
8. 77% 3.52.6
CHAIRMAN OF
9.THE BOARD 74% 3.3N/A
DANGEROUS
10.BEAUTY 72% 3.12.7
PRIMARY COLORS
11. 72% 3.43.5
WILD THINGS
12. 71% 3.42.7
THE BIG LEBOWSKI
13. 65% 3.02.4
AFTERGLOW
14. 64% 3.32.9
CAUGHT UP
15. 52% 3.22.0
LOVE AND DEATH
16.ON LONG ISLAND 50% 3.03.2
TWILIGHT
17. 45% 3.12.2
DARK CITY
18. 41% 2.83.1
HUSH
19. 41% 2.81.8
KISSING A FOOL
20. 34% 3.02.0
TOP 20 AUDIENCE APPROVAL AVERAGE: 69 PERCENT

COMMENTARY

"Primary Colors" is a movie about the fictionalized presidential campaign of Gov. Jack Stanton (wink-wink, Bill Clinton) as played by John Travolta. Written by Newsweek reporter Joe Klein, the film's central issues are extruded from real life and fiction oozes from the truth, resulting in a mediocre movie. President Travolta's weaknesses of the flesh can be compared favorably with the alleged weaknesses of our current chief executive, and first lady Emma Thompson deals with the same moral conflicts that confound voters.

Viewers said: "It was pretty good until the end, when it started preaching" and "Softer -- less truthful than the book." (Buffalo News Critic Jeff Simon: "One of the great films about American politics. Yes, Bill Clinton and his funky '92 campaign entourage are its models, but it is so far above the current seamy presidential sideshow that it may actually elevate our national discourse about it." He gave it 4 1/2 of 5 stars.)

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