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Not Rated In Theaters 09/26/2008 , 86min.
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September 28, 2008
This is a powerful, even-handed treatment of a complex man who was the prime driver of today?s negative-driven political campaigns. Atwater, who died painfully at the age of forty, searching for a way to live?or, perhaps, redemption?valued winning above all and kept himself intimately aware of the fears of mainstream voters, playing on them expertly to enable his candidates to triumph. A man

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Village Voice
Less persuasive is Forbes's perfunctory, psychologically thin rummage through Atwater's childhood for a traumatic event that would explain his utter ruthlessness. Full Review
Dana Stevens
Boogie Man is nonetheless required viewing for anyone obsessed with the 2008 race. Full Review
Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
A hugely entertaining, efficiently crafted documentary about a ruthless, if undeniably clever, American political force. Full Review
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. Full Review
Justin Lowe
The Hollywood Reporter
While Atwater exerted notable influence on contemporary politics, this account of his career doesn't make for particularly absorbing viewing. Full Review

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