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100

San Francisco Chronicle

For a film that depends so heavily on talking heads, it has both a dramatic arc and a sense of character development.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A fascinating portrait of an almost likable rogue. You'd rather spend time with him than a lot of more upstanding citizens.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
If you want to hear juicy inside tales of the scams devised by Lee Atwater, the right-wing visionary of media-age dirty tricks, you'll find loads of them in Boogie Man.
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80

Los Angeles Times

A hugely entertaining, efficiently crafted documentary about a ruthless, if undeniably clever, American political force.
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80

The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
Generous in spirit and nimble in technique, this riveting documentary about the Republican operative (who died of a brain tumor in 1991) reveals a scrappy genius rife with contradictions.
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75

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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67

Portland Oregonian

Not the stuff of greatness, but you couldn't ask for a better time to see it.
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50

Boston Globe

If there were a liberal equivalent to Fox News (no, not MSNBC, which is so much milk-fed veal to Rupert Murdoch's steak tartare), Boogie Man is the sort of programming it would thrive on.
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40

The Hollywood Reporter

While Atwater exerted notable influence on contemporary politics, this account of his career doesn't make for particularly absorbing viewing.
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25

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
A documentary that uses against Atwater images of lynch mobs, decades-old racist comments of his onetime boss Strom Thurmond, and a clip of Bryant Gumbel calling him "the architect of the evil campaign."
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66 out of 100
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