Rated PG-13 for brief strong language; 80 minutes; plays Saturday and Sunday at the Tower Theatre (also airs Monday on the Sundance Channel).
Karl Rove, according to this scattershot documentary based on a book by James Moore and Wayne Slater, is more than President Bush's chief political adviser - he's a "co-president," wielding unprecedented power with no oversight and apparently no moral compass. The disjointed film aims to detail how Rove, an alum of Salt Lake City's Olympus High School, has employed dirty tricks to smear opponents from Texas Gov. Ann Richards to Arizona Sen. John McCain, always without leaving fingerprints. The accusatory tone becomes overbearing, and the final scenes profiling a young Marine killed in Iraq (with the implication that Rove manipulated the country into war for political gain) are an overreach of the available evidence.