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Based on 16 Reviews
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  • 100
    San Francisco Chronicle

    For a film that depends so heavily on talking heads, it has both a dramatic arc and a sense of character development. show more

  • 40
    The Hollywood Reporter

    While Atwater exerted notable influence on contemporary politics, this account of his career doesn't make for particularly absorbing viewing. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    A fascinating portrait of an almost likable rogue. You'd rather spend time with him than a lot of more upstanding citizens. show more

  • 75
    Chicago Tribune

    By the end of Forbes' brisk, economical portrait, Atwater has been revealed as a repugnant and pathetic soul--and a political visionary, among the first to fully understand and harness the raw power of voters’ fears. show more

  • 50
    Boston Globe

    If there were a liberal equivalent to Fox News (no, not MSNBC, which is so much milk-fed veal to Rupert Murdoch's steak tartare), Boogie Man is the sort of programming it would thrive on. show more

  • 25
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    A documentary that uses against Atwater images of lynch mobs, decades-old racist comments of his onetime boss Strom Thurmond, and a clip of Bryant Gumbel calling him "the architect of the evil campaign." show more

  • 83
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    If you want to hear juicy inside tales of the scams devised by Lee Atwater, the right-wing visionary of media-age dirty tricks, you'll find loads of them in Boogie Man. show more

  • 67
    Portland Oregonian

    Not the stuff of greatness, but you couldn't ask for a better time to see it. show more

  • 80
    Los Angeles Times

    A hugely entertaining, efficiently crafted documentary about a ruthless, if undeniably clever, American political force. show more

  • 80
    Jeannette Catsoulis The New York Times

    Generous in spirit and nimble in technique, this riveting documentary about the Republican operative (who died of a brain tumor in 1991) reveals a scrappy genius rife with contradictions. show more

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