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Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News
September 3, 2004
Offers little proof, beyond the circumstantial, to convince anyone outside the hallelujah chorus of its accusations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Timothy Knight
Reel.com
September 3, 2004
Nowhere near as entertaining or incendiary a piece of filmmaking like Fahrenheit 9/11, but it's extremely involving and raises many disturbing questions about the ethically questionable tactics Rove uses in his 'win at any cost' brand of politics.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
September 2, 2004
Simplicity may be appealing, but it has its limits.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
September 2, 2004
Pushing creepiness into horror -- and giving the movie its sting -- are the recollections and insights of folks who've tracked the handiwork of Rove, this summer's scariest movie monster, for more than 30 years.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
September 1, 2004
Examines Rove's rise to power within the context of politics-as-usual. Such perspective adds power to the movie's punch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Richard Porton
Film Journal International
August 31, 2004
A modest documentary that is little more than filmed journalism and pales in comparison with more ambitious recent non-fiction films such as Fahrenheit 9/11 and The Corporation.
August 30, 2004
It succeeds in generating discussion, but leaves you with a distasteful feeling. If you ignore the content and look merely at the quality of the film, it's lacking in focus.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 29, 2004
I'm not sure that depicting Rove as a demonic Wizard of Oz does much more than stir righteous indignation among the already indignant.
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
August 27, 2004
The film poses an interesting question ... but few of the Texas witnesses to Rove's reign and Beltway insiders interviewed here offer much of an answer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 27, 2004
One of the better political documentaries flooding into theaters after Fahrenheit 9/11 and before the election.
| Original Score: 3/4
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
August 27, 2004
There is no denying the relevancy of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.75/5
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
August 26, 2004
The movie feels like a rush job and at times its tactics are as suspect as those attributed to its subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
August 26, 2004
This politically damning profile chronicles the rise to power of Karl Rove, the brilliant, nerdy chief aide to President Bush.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
August 26, 2004
You may not agree with its perspectives, but you'll always know where it stands, and it's amazing how many Republicans the filmmakers have found to spill the beans on a politico who considers himself in the same camp.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Phil Hall
Film Threat
August 24, 2004
Politics as usual, until that devastating conclusion with the dead Marine's family.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
August 24, 2004
Some believe that the evil genius behind our unelected maximum leader is Dick Cheney. The filmmakers argue that it's 'co-president' Rove (installed, we learn, in Hillary Clinton's old office).
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
August 23, 2004
A technically modest but persuasive documentary arguing that Bush's political Svengali is, to use terminology even the president can understand, an evildoer.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
August 21, 2004
Another week, another film to add to an already sizeable pile of anti-Bush polemics.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
August 21, 2004
If this is all Rove's enemies could muster, he's got nothing to fear.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Merle Bertrand
Film Threat
August 21, 2004
This film should truly frighten partisans on both sides of the aisle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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