Jeremy of The Daily Rotation wrote, "George Clooney has proved again and again how much of a bad ass he really is as an actor, director, producer and writer. The Ides of March may not be his strongest film, performance wise, but it’s a really damn good one as far as the rest of his production roles go. The direction is smooth and focused. The acting is impressive by almost everyone and the story is interesting enough to grab your attention for a few hours. It’s not the best political drama, but it’s a strong one thanks to Clooney’s instincts as a director and the excellent cast."