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Rob Lowe plays a high-powered political fixer in 'Knife Fight'

'Knife Fight' is interesting, but never reaches the caliber of other political movies like 'Manchurian Candidate.'

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Rob Lowe plays a high-powered political fixer in “Knife Fight,” a man who cleans up the sordid messes of his candidate clients.

His Machiavellian moxie is amusing and so, fitfully, is the film he figures in, directed and co-written by Bill Guttentag. 

But it pales beside the best down-and-dirty political movies (ranging from “The Candidate” to “The Manchurian Candidate”) because, finally, it lacks the courage of its own lowdown convictions.

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Lowe’s Paul is slimy, but, lo and behold, we are supposed to believe that he smells like a rose. He really wants to make the world a better place. His sentiments may be genuine but they come across as a con.

Grade: B- (Unrated.)

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