80

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
A measured and thoughtful meditation on a leader who, this terrific movie believes, inadvertently made the world as roiling as his soul.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
In the end, W. makes up in immediacy what it lacks in objectivity.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The performances are good (some scarily realistic), and the movie is enjoyable to watch. But as a probing analysis of the 43rd president, it falls short.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
When it works, W. can take your breath away. When it doesn't, you can feel Stone still working out his feelings toward the man.
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63

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Whatever you think of Dubya, he has balls. The movie doesn't.
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60

NPR

By Bob Mondello
A surprisingly unsurprising film.
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The intrepid one is the outstanding Josh Brolin, who does such a phenomenal job in the title role that he carries every scene he's in to a place of subtlety and integrity far beyond what Stone needs to make his attention-grabbing noise.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
It's a gutsy movie but not necessarily a good one. Its greatest strength is that it wants to talk about what's on our minds right now and not wait for historians.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Unlike the filmmaker's previous stabs at presidential biopic-ing and conspiracy theorizing - "JFK" and "Nixon" - this one doesn't have the luxury of historical perspective.
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50

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
In spite of Josh Brolin's heroic efforts, W. is a skin-deep biopic that revels in its antic shallowness.
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56 out of 100
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