Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story
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Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story
Boogie Man documents the life of political strategist Lee Atwater, whose take-no-prisoners style of campaigning helped win George Herbert Walker Bush the presidency. The lessons from that campaign, learned by others such as Karl Rove, informed the tactics that led to Bush's son also occupying the Oval Office. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

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"Fascinating to a political junkie like me who wasn't aware of the game back then."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, L.A. Weekly
"Stricken with brain cancer in 1990, Atwater renounced his Machiavellian ways, but as Forbes points out, his legacy lives on in his eager proteges Karl Rove and George W. Bush."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"A morality tale about the sewer politics of the Republican Party since Reagan and very relevant to the 2008 elections."
‑ Louis Proyect,
"Both fascinating and upsetting, and makes you wish politics weren't so, well, political."
‑ Matt Pais,
"Boogie Man does not inspire pity for Atwater but sadness that a man of such talent wasted his life and learned his lesson too late."
‑ Loey Lockerby, Kansas City Star
"Director Stefan Forbes has assembled a brilliantly complex portrait that shines an unnerving light on the man who painted the landscape of contemporary American politics."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards,
"Boogie Man is a fascinating portrait of an almost likable rogue."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A cinematic smear job against Atwater would be the easiest thing in the world, but Forbes is more interested in presenting a complex character study than a piece of liberal agitprop."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Positively brims over with sour-grapes hearsay and character assassination. But you just know he deserved it, right?"
‑ Jonathan Kiefer, Sacramento News & Review
‑ Eric Meyerson,
"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."
‑ Jessica Reaves, Chicago Tribune
"Instead of attempting a character study, Boogie Man returns an indictment."
‑ Mark Feeney, Boston Globe
"Conventional but absorbing."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"Lee Atwater is remembered as brilliant or shameful, effective or destructive, his life part American Dream, part horror movie."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
"It's refreshing to see a political documentary that's not just boosterism or political propaganda. If anything, this is an argument for 'cleaner' campaigning."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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