The Reagan Show Reviews

December 22, 2017
Pacho Velez and Sierra Pettengill have blown a glorious opportunity to explore the extent to which presentation matters more than content when it comes to presidential pronouncements.
October 9, 2017
The fact that Ronald Reagan's administration was big on PR and presentation is hardly news, and, though this documentary made up of television footage from the period claims to focus on that aspect of the presidency, it doesn't dig deep.
October 8, 2017
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 6, 2017
While noble in its cause, the documentary's theme fails to materialize, and there are several glaring omissions...
October 5, 2017
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.
July 20, 2017
This documentary frustrates by being too wishy-washy about its subject. At times seemingly a glowing celebration of his achievements, at other times a comedy made up of his bumbling errors, [it] never finds a personality of its own amid the footage.
July 6, 2017
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.
June 30, 2017
"The Reagan Show" helps attach a face to the name, but it doesn't accomplish much more than that.
June 29, 2017
Consisting entirely of archival footage from the Reagan era and before, the remainder of The Reagan Show is an exercise in snark that seems aimed at Baby Boomers still pining for Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale.
June 28, 2017
Rather than reveal a showman, The Reagan Show in the end imitates one.