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Bush's Brain Reviews

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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
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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
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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.
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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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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
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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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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
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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
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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).
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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
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Joe Leydon
Variety
August 19, 2004
By turns darkly comical, seriously scary and purposefully incendiary.
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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.
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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+