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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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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 (46) | Top Critics (9)

... 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…

"The Reagan Show" helps attach a face to the name, but it doesn't accomplish much more than that.

June 29, 2017 | Full Review…

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."

June 29, 2017 | Full Review…

Rather than reveal a showman, The Reagan Show in the end imitates one.

June 28, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Reagan Show

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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