Reagan: In the Face of Evil
Reagan: In the Face of Evil (2004)

This conservative documentary was based on Peter Schweizer's book Reagan's War and examines President Reagan's political career with regard to his fight against Soviet communism during the Cold War.

Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: October 1, 2004
DVD Release Date: June 21, 2005
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Robert Dominguez
New York Daily News

Makes good use of historical footage to show how a B-list Hollywood actor made the unlikely ascension to commander-in-chief.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

In the Face of War repeats the same points over and over in a manner that's ironically very much like Soviet propaganda.

Luke Y. Thompson
Los Angeles CityBeat

The Gipper was always more entertaining and more persuasive than any of the other talking heads on display here

Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

The film is bereft not only of style, but reasoned opinions and even, occasionally, verifiable facts.

Ned Martel
New York Times

Ronald Reagan's praises are sung in an operatic documentary that rises to new heights, slipping the surly bonds of hagiography.

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Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide

Were the film's tone not so hysterical it might be provocative; as it is, insights and insults are inextricably intertwined.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

This is the sort of film that will make its target audience, presumably religious, right-wing Christians, heartened and possibly misty-eyed. But it's likely to provoke hooting and hollering in less reverent circles.

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David Blaylock
Village Voice

Overreaching in many of its laudatory appraisals, the film is mostly GOP-boosting rhetoric in the guise of a dull History Channel special.

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