Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story
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Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story
"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.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Fascinating to a political junkie like me who wasn't aware of the game back then."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, L.A. Weekly
"Conventional but absorbing."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"A morality tale about the sewer politics of the Republican Party since Reagan and very relevant to the 2008 elections."
‑ Louis Proyect,
"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,
"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,
"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 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)
"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
"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
"Boogie Man is a fascinating portrait of an almost likable rogue."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"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
"It's good the film exposes his methods, especially with the final stretch of our current election cycle upon us."
‑ Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
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