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Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story Reviews

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Luke Y. Thompson
L.A. Weekly
December 30, 2008
Fascinating to a political junkie like me who wasn't aware of the game back then.
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
November 12, 2008
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 10, 2008
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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Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune
October 31, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
October 31, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
October 30, 2008
Conventional but absorbing.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
October 30, 2008
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.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 30, 2008
Boogie Man is a fascinating portrait of an almost likable rogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
October 30, 2008
Both fascinating and upsetting, and makes you wish politics weren't so, well, political.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
October 30, 2008
Positively brims over with sour-grapes hearsay and character assassination. But you just know he deserved it, right?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
October 27, 2008
Lee Atwater is remembered as brilliant or shameful, effective or destructive, his life part American Dream, part horror movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Loey Lockerby
Kansas City Star
October 24, 2008
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
October 24, 2008
Instead of attempting a character study, Boogie Man returns an indictment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Koehler
Variety
October 18, 2008
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.
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Steven Winn
San Francisco Chronicle
October 17, 2008
Boogie Man has an awful lot to say about where America finds itself at the 2008 moment of decision.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Eric Meyerson
Filmcritic.com
October 16, 2008
electrifying
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 9, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
October 3, 2008
It's good the film exposes his methods, especially with the final stretch of our current election cycle upon us.
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
October 3, 2008
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.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
September 29, 2008
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 | Original Score: B
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