Bush's Brain (2004)
Critic Consensus: Most of the evidence is more circumstantial than conclusive, but it's still a disturbing portrait of misuse of political power.
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Critic Reviews for Bush's Brain
The accusations are alarming and juicy enough to strike up a watchable combo of fear and gall.
Directors Joseph Mealey and Michael Paradies Shoob make a persuasive though not incontestable case that Rove directly sabotaged the 1986 Texas governor's race.
This unapologetically partisan documentary is designed to inflame Bush opponents, and it ought to succeed like a bucket of gasoline tossed on a bonfire.
Littered with sloppy accusations and one-sided arguments, Bush's Brain, like so many political documentaries of late, is transparently manipulative.
Audience Reviews for Bush's Brain
This doc's title refers to Karl Rove, who served as advisor to both George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. The filmmaking team of Joseph Mealey and Michael Paradies Shoob look at Rove's beginnings as a school debating champion to an Republican attack dog, who led successful smears against Texas Gov. Ann Richards and Senator John McCain, among others. The film was completed before the 2004 election got into high gear, or else he'd be implicated in the swift-boating of Senator John Kerry. It's blatant propaganda, but one that makes quite a persuasive case.
If you only watch Fox New or listen to right wing radio this movie will confuse you, enrage you, cause you to foam at the mouth, cause you to scream at the monitor and make you run to Palin's chapter about the lame media seeking comfort. For the rest of us that are informed and educated you will find the movie compelling, informative and a compilation of facts that started surfacing when Rove started growing horns and a tail.
the best parts of the documentary pertain to rove's early career, it gets a little obvious at the end of the film.
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