Rolling Stone - 04/16/1998
"...This provocative film touches a nerve. It's so funny it hurts..."
Entertainment Weekly - 09/04/1998
"...Travolta is a wonderful Clinton/Stanton....[Bates is] a fierce, funny force of nature..."
New York Times - 03/20/1998
"...An array of vivid caricatures whose real-life role models aren't easy acts to follow..."
Los Angeles Times - 03/20/1998
"...For Tennessee-born Kathy Bates, this gleeful, high-energy part is a lifesaver, her best performance since winning an Oscar in MISERY and good enough to practically steal the entire picture..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 03/20/1998
"...It's a superb film -- funny, insightful and very wise about the realities of political life....The movie is endlessly inventive and involving..."
Total Film - 10/01/1999
"...PRIMARY COLORS rewards where other political dramas merely bore..."
In Mike Nichols's PRIMARY COLORS, America's topsy-turvy political process is viewed through the eyes of Henry Burton (Adrian Lester), an idealistic young man who is seduced into managing the presidential campaign of slick southern governor Jack Stanton (John Travolta). The mesmerized Burton immediately sets up campaign headquarters and meets his new political family: Susan Stanton (Emma Thompson), Jack's wife and partner; Richard Jemmons (Billy Bob Thornton), the sly, improbable political strategist who proudly describes himself as a redneck; Libby Holden (Kathy Bates), the fanatically loyal, overtly lesbian campaign troubleshooter who always has a big mouth and occasionally carries a big gun to match; and Daisy (Maura Tierney), the young, smart, and looking-for-love campaign media adviser. The film is based on the controversial best-selling novel by Anonymous (Joe Klein). Travolta's dead-on, thinly disguised Clinton impersonation alone is well worth seeing.