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Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story (2008)

Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 7.5/10
Reviews Counted: 29
Fresh: 27
Rotten: 2

Critics Consensus: Boogie Man is a complex, absorbing study of the contradictory life and times of architect of modern smear politics.

Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 17
Fresh: 15
Rotten: 2

Critics Consensus: Boogie Man is a complex, absorbing study of the contradictory life and times of architect of modern smear politics.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.8/5
User Ratings: 397

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Movie Info

"Boogie Man" is a comprehensive look at Lee Atwater, the blues-playing rogue whose rambunctious rise from the South to Chairman of the GOP made him a household name. He mentored Karl Rove and George W. Bush and played a crucial role in the elections of Reagan and George H.W. Bush. He wrote the Republican Party's winning playbook which the McCain campaign is currently using.

Rating:
Unrated
Genre:
Documentary , Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By:
Stefan Forbes
In Theaters:
On DVD:
May 4, 2010
Runtime:
InterPositive Media - Official Site



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Critic Reviews for Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (27) | Rotten (2)

Fascinating to a political junkie like me who wasn't aware of the game back then.

Full Review… | December 30, 2008
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Director Stefan Forbes has assembled a brilliantly complex portrait that shines an unnerving light on the man who painted the landscape of contemporary American politics.

Full Review… | November 10, 2008
Film.com
Top Critic

By the end of Forbes' brisk, economical portrait, Atwater has been revealed as a repugnant and pathetic soul--and a political visionary, among the first to fully understand and harness the raw power of voters' fears.

Full Review… | October 31, 2008
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Conventional but absorbing.

Full Review… | October 30, 2008
AV Club
Top Critic

Stricken with brain cancer in 1990, Atwater renounced his Machiavellian ways, but as Forbes points out, his legacy lives on in his eager proteges Karl Rove and George W. Bush.

Full Review… | October 30, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Boogie Man is a fascinating portrait of an almost likable rogue.

Full Review… | October 30, 2008
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

A morality tale about the sewer politics of the Republican Party since Reagan and very relevant to the 2008 elections.

Full Review… | November 12, 2008
rec.arts.movies.reviews

A cinematic smear job against Atwater would be the easiest thing in the world, but Forbes is more interested in presenting a complex character study than a piece of liberal agitprop.

Full Review… | October 31, 2008
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Both fascinating and upsetting, and makes you wish politics weren't so, well, political.

Full Review… | October 30, 2008
Metromix.com

Positively brims over with sour-grapes hearsay and character assassination. But you just know he deserved it, right?

Full Review… | October 30, 2008
Sacramento News & Review

Lee Atwater is remembered as brilliant or shameful, effective or destructive, his life part American Dream, part horror movie.

Full Review… | October 27, 2008
PopMatters

Boogie Man does not inspire pity for Atwater but sadness that a man of such talent wasted his life and learned his lesson too late.

October 24, 2008
Kansas City Star

electrifying

Full Review… | October 16, 2008
Filmcritic.com

It's refreshing to see a political documentary that's not just boosterism or political propaganda. If anything, this is an argument for 'cleaner' campaigning.

Full Review… | October 9, 2008
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

It's good the film exposes his methods, especially with the final stretch of our current election cycle upon us.

Full Review… | October 3, 2008
Los Angeles Daily News

Audience Reviews for Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story

It tells its story in a way you might expect, but it has a few fascinating moments where even Atwater's most ardent defenders of his political tactics in Republican campaigns still decry him as a vicious monster capable of anything. It might even be fair to say that they only liked him because he was on their side.

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