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The Reagan Show takes an entertaining -- and suitably superficial -- look at a turning point in the way American politics intersect with modern media. Read critic reviews

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Ronald Reagan changes the presidency with his focus on public image and use of film crews that continually document his movements.

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Critic Reviews for The Reagan Show

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  • Uncritical, infatuated with Reagan's charisma rather than searching for the chinks in his armour, the film's lively score keeping things balefully light.

    October 8, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • This wry documentary focuses on the original entertainer-turned-president and his box of showbiz tricks.

    October 6, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The aim of directors Sierra Pettengill and Pacho Velez, anthologising their media moments, is elusive, unless it's to expose the actor-president as a skilful showman.

    October 5, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 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…
  • It reminds us what a limited and one-dimensional politician he was - but also what a consummate performer whenever the cameras were in sight.

    October 4, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Entertaining if slightly pointless ...

    October 4, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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  • 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.
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