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W. Reviews

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Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files
November 6, 2012
Neither a smear campaign nor propaganda piece, but rather a fascinating look at one of the more controversial presidents in recent memory that may end up changing your perspective on the Bush you only thought you knew.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Neil Pond
American Profile
September 28, 2011
No matter which way your political stripes run, W. won't likely rub them the wrong way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 16, 2011
Brolin outdoes himself in the title role.
Brian Holcomb
Kinetofilm
January 25, 2010
Stone's film is like an affectionate kick in the groin of a good old boy you'd like to have a beer with, or with W today, a near Beer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Sonny Bunch
Washington Times
August 30, 2009
I'm unsure who W. will really appeal to: It's a poor historical document; it's not nasty enough for people who hate Bush and too nasty for the few still supporting him.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 26, 2009
Stone's filmmaking fails to charge the narrative with the needed turmoil
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
June 17, 2009
Aided by an Oscar-worthy turn from Josh Brolin, what "W." attempts is something far bolder than badgering. Instead, Oliver Stone spews a subtler invective than normal here - insightful and indicting of a country's complicity up to a point.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
April 25, 2009
Uma mistura de documentário e esquete do Saturday Night Live.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Sydney Morning Herald
March 6, 2009
It's a film with a shelf life, I think. Unlike W himself, it should mature over time.
Philippa Hawker
The Age (Australia)
March 6, 2009
Stone and screenwriter Stanley Weiser have little...to offer us.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Evan Williams
The Australian
March 6, 2009
An absorbing and weirdly enjoyable portrait of a slight, meritless man and his calamitous presidency.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Fear
Time Out Sydney
February 27, 2009
Endeavours this even-handed and entertaining shouldn't be "misunderestimated."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
February 27, 2009
An interesting post-mortem on the still warm corpse of a presidency, but not top-shelf Oliver Stone.
Erin Free
FILMINK (Australia)
February 27, 2009
More character piece than the expected tragedy or parody, W. is surprisingly good fun.
Vicky Roach
Daily Telegraph (Australia)
February 27, 2009
Part satire, part biopic, part behind-the scenes political drama, W gets stranded in a no-man's land somewhere in between.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
February 27, 2009
It's interesting, it's well done, but that's about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
February 20, 2009
First and foremost, W. dazzles by Josh Brolin's astounding performance, but the film itself entertains and engages thoroughly from start to finish.
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
February 20, 2009
A movie that's like a photo album made of moving pictures, focusing on his early, untamed life, the extraordinary turnaround and finally the first term.
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
February 12, 2009
Rather simplistic and reductive, but something tells me Oliver Stone didn't mind it turning out that way.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Cole Abaius
Film School Rejects
February 11, 2009
The bulk of the story comes straight from things widely known about the man, and the blanks are filled in by surreal familial moments that make Barbara Bush look like Mommy Dearest and George Sr. look like a mannequin with a Quaalude addiction.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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