Boogie Man: The Lee Atwater Story

Press Reaction

Linda Stasi, New York Post

Lee Atwater ... gets the warts-and-all treatment in tonight's excellent "Frontline," an in-depth biography that will stick to your ribs like molasses on barbecue. ...

David Zurawik, The Baltimore Sun

... This finely crafted political biography dissects and explains the nastiness of U.S. politics during the past three decades like nothing I have read or viewed. ...

Joanne Ostrow, The Denver Post

... a solid biography of the man who prostituted himself to the Republican Party's dirtiest tricks ...

Kevin McDonough, United Features Syndicate

... a revealing profile of the late, larger-than-life campaign manager ...

Roger Catlin, The Hartford Courant

... vivid ... a helpful reminder of how lies planted with a lazy press have been cheerfully part of the national political scene for decades ...

Reviews of the Theatrical Release

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

... "Boogie Man" is a fascinating portrait of an almost likable rogue. You'd rather spend time with him than a lot of more upstanding citizens. ...

Jeffrey Lyons, Reel Talk

... an astonishing documentary ... a very important historical piece ...

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

... Stefan Forbes' incisive portrait of the late, infamous Republican consultant is a chronicle of how the culture war took over American politics. As such, it could scarcely be more timely. ...

Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times

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

Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times

... Journalists, friends and political roadkill -- a jocular Sam Donaldson, an emotional Ed Rollins, a pained Michael Dukakis -- evince a mixture of reverence and repulsion, but "Boogie Man" is neither encomium nor hatchet job. ...

Steven Winn, San Francisco Chronicle

... For a film that depends so heavily on talking heads, "Boogie Man" has both a dramatic arc and a sense of character development. Facts about Atwater's career and attenuated personal life are deployed, for maximum impact, with the skill of a well-run campaign manager. ...

Stan Hall, The Oregonian

... Stefan Forbes' fair-minded documentary ... is essential viewing for anyone wondering how presidential campaigns became so filthy. ...

Dana Stevens, Slate.com

... required viewing for anyone obsessed with the 2008 race ...

Neely Tucker, The Washington Post

... There is more than one moment in this film that will likely pop your jaw open. ...

Stephen Schaefer, The Boston Herald

... skillfully indicts the charming Southern con artist through a dazzling array of interviews ...

Gerald Peary, The Boston Phoenix

... an excellent and frightening documentary ...

Ella Taylor, The Village Voice

... fascinating ...

posted november 11, 2008

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