Bush's Brain Reviews

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Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
September 7, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 58/100
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 2, 2004
A hard-hitting scary propaganda film about Karl Rove.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
October 29, 2004
The accusatory tone becomes overbearing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
October 24, 2004
An entertaining, if not entirely convincing story about Karl Rove, President Bush's campaign manager, and allegations of dirty tricks.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Paul Sherman
Boston Herald
October 6, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 1, 2004
The accusations are alarming and juicy enough to strike up a watchable combo of fear and gall.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
October 1, 2004
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
September 24, 2004
Directors Joseph Mealey and Michael Paradies Shoob make a persuasive though not incontestable case that Rove directly sabotaged the 1986 Texas governor's race.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
September 23, 2004
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 23, 2004
Disorganized, overly reliant on reporter commentary and full of extraneous side trips.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 23, 2004
This unapologetically partisan documentary is designed to inflame Bush opponents, and it ought to succeed like a bucket of gasoline tossed on a bonfire.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle
September 17, 2004
Enlightening and frightening.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
September 16, 2004
Littered with sloppy accusations and one-sided arguments, Bush's Brain, like so many political documentaries of late, is transparently manipulative.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
September 10, 2004
They succeed in presenting a compelling series of dots, to use the current parlance, but they don't succeed in connecting them.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
September 10, 2004
Downright chilling.
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
September 8, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Annlee Ellingson
FilmStew.com
September 7, 2004
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.
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
September 7, 2004
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B

E! Online
September 4, 2004
A chilling study in political power and how it's employed to get, well, more of the same.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
September 3, 2004
Propaganda? You bet. But a scary and persuasive case is made.
| Original Score: 3/4
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