Horns and Halos
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In 1999, as George W. Bush's bid for the presidency was gaining momentum, free-lance writer J.H. Hatfield contracted with St. Martin's Press to write a biography of the Texas governor and son of former U.S. President George Bush. When St. Martin's published Hatfield's book, entitled Fortunate Son: George W. Bush and the Making of an American President, it gained overnight media attention for its allegation (supported by unnamed sources later revealed to be insiders in the Bush campaign) that Bush was arrested for cocaine possession in 1972, but the Bush family exerted political… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

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"A spry documentary that makes the most of two compelling characters."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"Unexpectedly moving documentary."
‑ Chuck Wilson, L.A. Weekly
"An acute demonstration of the failure today of traditional media to give us a story in its entirety..."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Filling but ultimately not terribly substantive. A summary abridgment of the scandal and fallout over Fortunate Son that doesn't draw any lasting conclusions of its own or, indeed, ask its watchers to do too much heavy mental lifting either."
‑ Brent Simon, Entertainment Today
"It suggests the wide-ranging effects of media manipulation, from the kind of reporting that is done by the supposedly liberal media ... to the intimate and ultimately tragic heartache of maverick individuals like Hatfield and Hicks."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"To their credit, Hawley and Galinsky show that there are plenty of horns and halos to go around."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Effective in presenting its portraits of these two men, Hatfield so depressed, Hicks so optimistic, but it's not successful at getting to the bottom of the cocaine charges."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Interesting, but in an era of truly great documentaries no more than that."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Exceptional!"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"A fine effort, an interesting topic, some intriguing characters and a sad ending. Certainly the big finish wasn't something Galinsky and Hawley could have planned for... but part of being a good documentarian is being there when the rope snaps."
‑ Oz, eFilmCritic.com
"A compelling documentary."
‑ Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times
"Horns and Halos benefits from serendipity but also reminds us of our own responsibility to question what is told as the truth."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"If this was just a documentary about the book, it wouldn't be nearly as effective - it works because of the human-interest aspects of the story."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone, TheMovieChicks.com
"A fascinating but choppy documentary."
‑ Susan Green, Boxoffice Magazine
"There aren't many conclusive answers in the film, but there is an interesting story of pointed personalities, courage, tragedy and the little guys vs. the big guys."
‑ Joshua Tanzer, Offoffoff
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