Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story Image

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  • Summary: Boogie Man is a comprehensive look at Lee Atwater, the blues-playing rogue whose rambunctious rise from the South to Chairman of the GOP made him a household name. He mentored Karl Rove and George W. Bush and played a crucial role in the elections of Reagan and George H.W. Bush. He wrote the Republican Party’s winning playbook which the McCain campaign is currently using. (Interpositive Media) Expand
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Steve Winn
    For a film that depends so heavily on talking heads, it has both a dramatic arc and a sense of character development.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Boogie Man is nonetheless required viewing for anyone obsessed with the 2008 race.
  5. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    Less persuasive is Forbes's perfunctory, psychologically thin rummage through Atwater's childhood for a traumatic event that would explain his utter ruthlessness.
  6. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    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.
  7. 25
    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."

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