Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story
Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story (2008)

"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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 26, 2008
DVD Release Date: May 4, 2010
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Boogie Man is a complex, absorbing study of the contradictory life and times of architect of modern smear politics.

Luke Y. Thompson
L.A. Weekly

Fascinating to a political junkie like me who wasn't aware of the game back then.

Nathan Rabin
AV Club

Conventional but absorbing.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

Boogie Man is an incredibly timely and relevant film that uncovers the origins of political dirty pool (Atwater was the architect of much of the attack-ad style currently being deployed in the 2008 American election).

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Jonathan F. Richards

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.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

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.

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Louis Proyect

A morality tale about the sewer politics of the Republican Party since Reagan and very relevant to the 2008 elections.

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Jessica Reaves
Chicago Tribune

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Boogie Man is a fascinating portrait of an almost likable rogue.

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Alec Barniskis
It tells its story in a way you might expect, but it has a few fascinating moments where even Atwater's most ardent defenders of his political tactics in… More