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Bush's Brain Reviews

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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.
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
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
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
August 19, 2004
Lacking the narrative thrust and cinematic power of Fahrenheit 9/11, it will not dent President George W. Bush's executive armor as deeply as the Michael Moore documentary did.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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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
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
Oz
eFilmCritic.com
August 21, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
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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
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.
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
August 21, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
August 20, 2004
It's a competent examination of an important subject, but in a year that has been filled with stunning political documentaries with high production values, it suffers from an overreliance on talking heads.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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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.
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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
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
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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.
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
October 29, 2004
The accusatory tone becomes overbearing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
August 19, 2004
Mealey and Shoob's film is a little too 'Inside Baseball' as it takes a deep dive into arcane Texas politics as discussed by a series of talking heads. Yet what they say -- and much of it is hard to refute -- is devastating stuff.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
January 30, 2009
| Original Score: 4/5

Boston Phoenix
October 6, 2004
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