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Bush's Brain (2004)

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Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 48
Fresh: 30 | Rotten: 18

Most of the evidence is more circumstantial than conclusive, but it's still a disturbing portrait of misuse of political power.

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Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 20
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 7

Most of the evidence is more circumstantial than conclusive, but it's still a disturbing portrait of misuse of political power.

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Filmmakers Michael Paradies Shoob and Joseph Mealey offer an in-depth look at the man many regard as the brains behind George W. Bush's political career -- Karl Rove, a political strategist who has been described as having a "junkyard-dog approach to politics." Bush's Brain is a documentary which follows Rove's career from high school (when he was accused of using dirty tricks to win debate competitions) through his guidance of Bush's campaigns for Texas governor and United States president

Oct 12, 2004

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The accusations are alarming and juicy enough to strike up a watchable combo of fear and gall.

October 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Directors Joseph Mealey and Michael Paradies Shoob make a persuasive though not incontestable case that Rove directly sabotaged the 1986 Texas governor's race.

September 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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This unapologetically partisan documentary is designed to inflame Bush opponents, and it ought to succeed like a bucket of gasoline tossed on a bonfire.

September 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Enlightening and frightening.

September 17, 2004 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Littered with sloppy accusations and one-sided arguments, Bush's Brain, like so many political documentaries of late, is transparently manipulative.

September 16, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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They succeed in presenting a compelling series of dots, to use the current parlance, but they don't succeed in connecting them.

September 10, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Though fairly pedestrian by cinematic standards, Joseph Mealey's Bush's Brain is a workmanlike portrayal of the astonishing influence Karl Rove holds in Republican politics.

September 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Film and Felt
Film and Felt

A hard-hitting scary propaganda film about Karl Rove.

November 2, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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The accusatory tone becomes overbearing.

October 29, 2004 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

An entertaining, if not entirely convincing story about Karl Rove, President Bush's campaign manager, and allegations of dirty tricks.

October 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

The movie has no smoking guns, but its circumstantial evidence is quite damning and it traces Rove's political hardball back to Texas state politics.

October 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

Seu formato poderia ser mais elegante, mas sua mensagem é forte e inequívoca: a baixa campanha contra John Kerry não é um acaso, é um padrão para Karl Rove.

October 1, 2004
Cinema em Cena

It's safe to say that outrage over Rove's behavior will depend on party affiliation, but even the most partisan should find extreme behaviors sickening.

September 23, 2004
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Disorganized, overly reliant on reporter commentary and full of extraneous side trips.

September 23, 2004 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

This no-frills documentary has a very specific theme: Karl Rove drives Bush. And He's willing to break rules and people in order to keep Bush in power.

September 8, 2004 Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card
Hollywood Report Card

Like Brothers in Arms, the shamelessly softball Kerry doc, Bush's Brain smacks of opportunism, rescued at the last minute from direct-to-video fate.

September 7, 2004 Full Review Source: FilmStew.com

An engrossing, disturbing portrait of the perversion of our political process -- a victim of our collective disdain and disinterest that we let it get dragged down this far.

September 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Entertainment Today
Entertainment Today

A chilling study in political power and how it's employed to get, well, more of the same.

September 4, 2004 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

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