W. (2008)

Whether you love him or hate him, there is no question that George W. Bush is one of the most controversial public figures in recent memory. In an unprecedented undertaking, acclaimed director Oliver Stone is bringing the life of our 43rd… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 17, 2008
DVD Release Date: February 10, 2009
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Critic Score: 59% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A surprisingly sympathetic portrayal of the 43rd American president, W. is fascinating in spots, but merely rudimentary as a whole.

Jonathan F. Richards

As Poppy Bush says, and says again,"You disappoint me, Junior."

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

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.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

Director Oliver Stone may be off his nut, but you have to give him credit for what he brings to the big screen.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

'W.' is neither coruscating nor edifying - but without the benefit of hindsight, it's probably the best we can hope for.

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Tom Charity

It has its moments, one of the finest at the conclusion.

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Eric Hynes
Stop Smiling

Not only does W. fail as both drama and comedy, it's unclear which sequences are meant to be which.

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David Denby
New Yorker

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.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

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.

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Jeffrey Lyles
Lyles' Movie Files

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 42% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
It does a pretty decent job to humanize an imbecile and make us almost sympathize with him as we see his efforts to prove himself to his family, but Oliver… More
Phil Hubbs
Very interesting and insightful movie which flips back from W's youthful days to his days in the White House, its amusing in places and lets you in on all… More
Chris Weber
I'm really conflicted about this movie, specifically what rating to give it. On one hand, it's an interesting movie, and I applaud Stone for having… More
Nadira Irdiana
A wonderful biographical piece. Whether you hate or love Bush,he has a lot of impact in the world we live in today. The move give us some interesting insight to… More
Daniel Perry
Well-acted and well-shot, but doesn't provide an answer to the question everyone was asking: why make a biopic about a president you hate? It's almost… More
Alex roy
For years, I've always took Oliver Stone's films to be mediocre, his last good film was Natural Born Killers. After that, his career was a constant… More