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Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story Reviews

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Luke Y. Thompson
L.A. Weekly
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Fascinating to a political junkie like me who wasn't aware of the game back then.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

December 30, 2008
Louis Proyect

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

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November 12, 2008
Jonathan F. Richards
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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.

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November 10, 2008
Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune
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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 Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

October 31, 2008
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

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 Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI) | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 31, 2008
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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Conventional but absorbing.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

October 30, 2008
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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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 Source: Chicago Reader

October 30, 2008
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Boogie Man is a fascinating portrait of an almost likable rogue.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 30, 2008
Matt Pais

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

October 30, 2008
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review

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

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 3/5

October 30, 2008
Cynthia Fuchs

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

Full Review Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 7/10

October 27, 2008
Loey Lockerby
Kansas City Star

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.

| Original Score: 3/4

October 24, 2008
Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
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Instead of attempting a character study, Boogie Man returns an indictment.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

October 24, 2008
Robert Koehler
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Atwater's career is viewed here with fascination and some sympathy, and the pic is sure to win votes in election season with specialty distribs and public tube mavens.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 18, 2008
Steven Winn
San Francisco Chronicle
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Boogie Man has an awful lot to say about where America finds itself at the 2008 moment of decision.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

October 17, 2008
Eric Meyerson


Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4.5/5

October 16, 2008
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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 Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 3/4

October 9, 2008
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News

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

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News

October 3, 2008
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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Forbes adroitly fills out his picture of this "marsupial" little man with "the eyes of a killer" through the testimony of those who admired and/or loathed Atwater.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

October 3, 2008
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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An even-handed portrait of a man who, as much as anybody, bears responsibility for the toxicity of high stakes political campaigning on both sides of the aisle.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B

September 29, 2008
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