(I) (2008)

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Metascore

Based on 36 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
W., a biography of President Bush, is fascinating. No other word for it.
88
Charlotte Observer
You'll be disappointed if you expect famed leftist Oliver Stone to apply a coup de grace to this man.
80
A measured and thoughtful meditation on a leader who, this terrific movie believes, inadvertently made the world as roiling as his soul.
75
Chicago Tribune
In the end it depicts its subject as lost, and pitiable--like Richard Nixon, but more a pawn than a dark knight.
60
Like all Stone movies, W. has energy and forward momentum--particularly in the pre-presidential sections, when Bush is in his loose-cannon phase. It's not boring, and Brolin is often remarkable.
58
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.
50
The Hollywood Reporter
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.
50
For a film that could have been either a scorching satire or an outright tragedy, W. is, if anything, overly conventional, especially stylistically.
50
Austin Chronicle
In our age of 24-hour news coverage, this rehashing of current events doesn't just come off familiar but completely unnecessary. And, worst of all, prosaic.
40
Village Voice
A painful movie to endure.

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