The Reagan Show Reviews

October 6, 2017
This wry documentary focuses on the original entertainer-turned-president and his box of showbiz tricks.
October 5, 2017
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 4, 2017
Entertaining if slightly pointless ...
September 25, 2017
... a provocative and amusing look at President Ronald Reagan's use of television to sell economic plans, missile treaties and, mostly, himself.
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
At a time when sharp ideological stances are annoyingly ubiquitous, this film's lack of one is refreshing.
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
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 28, 2017
Rather than reveal a showman, The Reagan Show in the end imitates one.
June 28, 2017
An oblique history of '80s disarmament laden with revealing off-camera asides, The Reagan Show makes the glossy surface profound.
June 28, 2017
A picture of a presidency that traded on the celebrity of its chief executive to sell simple, reactionary ideas about taxes, social welfare programs, and national defense to fiercely devoted supporters.
May 10, 2017
An irony-laced view of the Reagan years and the birth of made-for-TV governing.