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Josh Brolin stars as George W. Bush in this Oliver Stone biopic that traces the head of state's rise to power from a privileged alcoholic to a born-again Christian whose belief in religious destiny helped move him to the top ranks of political power. Co-written by Stanley G. Weiser, Bush is produced by fellow Stone collaborators Moritz Borman and Jon Kilik, with Elizabeth Banks co-starring as the first lady, James Cromwell as the elder President Bush, Ellen Burstyn as Barbara Bush and Richard Dreyfuss as Vice President Dick Cheney. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 59%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As Poppy Bush says, and says again,"You disappoint me, Junior.""
‑ Jonathan F. Richards, Film.com
"Perhaps Stone believed that the only way you can make sense of the George W. Bush debacle is by presenting it as a goof -- a Freudian cartoon. But if that's the case, he erred on the side of caution."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Neither a smear campaign nor propaganda piece, but rather a fascinating look at one of the more controversial presidents in recent memory that may end up changing your perspective on the Bush you only thought you knew."
‑ Jeffrey Lyles, Lyles' Movie Files
"Stone's film is like an affectionate kick in the groin of a good old boy you'd like to have a beer with, or with W today, a near Beer."
‑ Brian Holcomb, Kinetofilm
"Aided by an Oscar-worthy turn from Josh Brolin, what "W." attempts is something far bolder than badgering. Instead, Oliver Stone spews a subtler invective than normal here - insightful and indicting of a country's complicity up to a point."
‑ Nick Rogers, Suite101.com
"'W.' is neither coruscating nor edifying - but without the benefit of hindsight, it's probably the best we can hope for."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"It has its moments, one of the finest at the conclusion."
‑ Tom Charity, CNN.com
"No matter which way your political stripes run, W. won't likely rub them the wrong way."
‑ Neil Pond, American Profile
"I'm unsure who W. will really appeal to: It's a poor historical document; it's not nasty enough for people who hate Bush and too nasty for the few still supporting him."
‑ Sonny Bunch, Washington Times
"Uma mistura de documentário e esquete do Saturday Night Live."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"W. feels poorly timed: too late to have any effect on the public, most of whom long ago checked out on the President, and too early to provide more than a schematic interpretation of who he is."
‑ David Denby, New Yorker
"The film may be ill-timed, arguably unnecessary and no more psychologically probing than any other Stone movie. But much of it works as deft, brisk, slyly engaging docudrama."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"Brolin outdoes himself in the title role."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Stone's filmmaking fails to charge the narrative with the needed turmoil"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"It's a film with a shelf life, I think. Unlike W himself, it should mature over time."
‑ , Sydney Morning Herald
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