Overall Rank: 6941
Average Rating: 2.5/4
# of Ratings: 84
Theatrical Release Date: 10/17/2008
Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 02/10/2009
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Oliver Stone
Actors: Josh Brolin, James Cromwell, Elizabeth Banks, Ellen Burstyn, Thandie Newton, Richard Dreyfuss
Plot: The full story of George W. Bush and his young life all the way through his presidency. It depicts his interactions with his parents, his friends, his family, and what his life may have been like early. Directed by Oliver Stone.
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Chris Kavan - wrote on 02/17/2011
If you see this for any reason, no matter your political viewpoint, see it for the excellent casting and spot-on performances. The story is only so-so, sure it hits some of the highlights (or low points) but it seems more of a glance than a deep picture.
The Film Rebel - wrote on 01/15/2011
A brilliant look at the life and times of George W. Bush. The film explores so much about him that you even go as far as to pity the idiot! One of Stone's best.
revmem - wrote on 04/13/2010
A film that was all over the place with mixed messages about W. and his surrounding characters. Too much was left out, I think. I'd give it 4 stars for casting and acting, and that's the only reason I rank this as high as I do, because that's most of what makes it enjoyable to watch.
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CJP - wrote on 10/27/2008
Action: 1.5/3 + Comedy: 0.5/2 + Good vs Evil: 0.5/1 + Love/Sex: 0.5/1 + Special Effects: 0/1 + Plot: 0.5/1 + Music: 0.5/1 = 4/10 or 40%.
W. is a rush job and it is far too bland and neutral to be released on the dawn of the 2008 election. Similiar to Nixon, it is a roundabout view of the American Presidency showing what happened to the individual within his personal life as well as what prompted him to rise to power. The acting and portrayal of these real life characters is good, but there is nothing to chew on here and nobody in the cast is capable of the range Hopkins gave Nixon. Overall, it should be likened to watching home movies. Stuff happens, but after a certain amount of time one may realize that they don't know these people and their motivations aren't covered enough to …
goodfellamike - wrote on 10/26/2008
A harmless indictment on the 43rd President, cast to perfection, but too spread out across Bush's life and rarely does it cover anything of interest. We never see his elections, his dealings with 911, or many other issues he dealt with in the White House; it's more concerned with his "daddy issues" and leaves a lot to be desired concerning his dealings in Iraq. RIchard Dreyfuss as Dick Cheney, Thandie Newton as Condoleeza Rice and James Cromwell as Bush Sr. are eerily accurate support for Josh Brolin's charismatic portrayal of W., but it's just not quite enough to sustain our interest for over two hours. A rather unsurprising effort from the usually controversial director Oliver Stone, who provides the viewing audience with a rushed feeling throughout, as if it was just made to get …
kcvidkid - wrote on 10/22/2008
In my eagerness for Oliver Stone to give us a hilarious endictment of our soon-to-be ex-President, I may have overlooked the point he was trying to make. Because, if anything, "W." paints a very sympathetic picture of George W. Bush. Definitely not what I was expecting.
The portrayals of those in the media spotlight for the last eight years range from uncanny (Thandie Newton as Condaleeza Rice) to scary (Richard Dreyfuss as Dick Cheney) to original (James Cromwell as Bush Sr.). But all are heartbreaking considering the devastating real-world results of the decisions they've made.
At the center of it all is Josh Brolin, an unlikely candidate to portray "W.", but, as it turns out, a savvy one. He's simply amazing in a performance that seems to be part impersonation, yet 100% …
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