The Reagan Show

2017

The Reagan Show

Critics 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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The Reagan Show is about a prolific actor's defining role: Leader of the Free World. It uses the Reagan administration's internal documentation to capture the spectacle of American might at its acme.

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Critic Reviews for The Reagan Show

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (38) | Rotten (10)

  • This wry documentary focuses on the original entertainer-turned-president and his box of showbiz tricks.

    October 6, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Ed Potton

    Times (UK)
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  • The Reagan Show pretty much gives away its entire thesis in its title, but it's fun to trawl through these archive images and it allows us to ponder whether we'll ever really be able to claw through the protective layers of spin.

    October 5, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Entertaining if slightly pointless ...

    October 4, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • ... a provocative and amusing look at President Ronald Reagan's use of television to sell economic plans, missile treaties and, mostly, himself.

    September 25, 2017 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    July 6, 2017 | Full Review…
  • At a time when sharp ideological stances are annoyingly ubiquitous, this film's lack of one is refreshing.

    June 30, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Reagan Show

  • Jul 06, 2017
    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.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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