The Reagan Show2017
The Reagan Show (2017)
Critic Consensus: The Reagan Show takes an entertaining -- and suitably superficial -- look at a turning point in the way American politics intersect with modern media.
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Critic Reviews for The Reagan Show
... a provocative and amusing look at President Ronald Reagan's use of television to sell economic plans, missile treaties and, mostly, himself.
It's a glib and scattered exposé, the sort of ersatz thesis film that invites you to chuckle at the sight of Reagan doing multiple takes of a campaign commercial while flubbing the name "Sununu" over and over again.
At a time when sharp ideological stances are annoyingly ubiquitous, this film's lack of one is refreshing.
"The Reagan Show" helps attach a face to the name, but it doesn't accomplish much more than that.
It's like a time capsule prologue to today's world, no more prescient than when a 1988 Reagan lets on to David Brinkley with exit-interview folksiness that he often wondered "how you could do the job if you hadn't been an actor."
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The reliance on archival footage here (as opposed to talking heads) proves the most effective in criticizing Reagan's administration as shallow while still demonstrating the reasons for his popularity. Hearing him say "Make America Great Again" in the 80s is positively bone chilling.
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