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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Filmmakers Michael Paradies Shoob and Joseph Mealey offer an in-depth look at the man many regard as the brains behind George W. Bush's political career -- Karl Rove, a political strategist who has been described as having a "junkyard-dog approach to politics." Bush's Brain is a documentary which follows Rove's career from high school (when he was accused of using dirty tricks to win debate competitions) through his guidance of Bush's campaigns for Texas governor and United States president … More

Rating: PG-13 (for brief strong language)
Genre: Documentary, Musical & Performing Arts, Special Interest
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On DVD: Oct 12, 2004
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Critic Reviews for Bush's Brain

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (20)

The accusations are alarming and juicy enough to strike up a watchable combo of fear and gall.

Full Review… | October 1, 2004
Boston Globe
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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… | September 24, 2004
Seattle Times
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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… | September 23, 2004
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Enlightening and frightening.

Full Review… | September 17, 2004
San Francisco Chronicle
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Littered with sloppy accusations and one-sided arguments, Bush's Brain, like so many political documentaries of late, is transparently manipulative.

Full Review… | September 16, 2004
Chicago Tribune
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They succeed in presenting a compelling series of dots, to use the current parlance, but they don't succeed in connecting them.

Full Review… | September 10, 2004
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for Bush's Brain


the best parts of the documentary pertain to rove's early career, it gets a little obvious at the end of the film.


Let me save you some time. Karl Rove is a sneaky little bastard that knows every trick in the black book of politics.
This pretty much put me to sleep.

Hmmn...so Karl Rove and Bush II ran their first campaign (to the corporate world) on the idea of a big military build-up...

Nathan Swink

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