The success of Fahrenheit 9/11 brought an unprecedented wave of left-wing political documentaries to theaters in 2004, but distributors were clearly scraping the bottom of the barrel with this flimsy exposé of presidential adviser Karl Rove. Based on the book by James C. Moore and Wayne Slater, it follows Rove's development from high school nerd to Republican dirty trickster in Texas but resorts to hearsay and innuendo once Rove is ensconced in the West Wing. Journalists are fond of writing that some ploy or other has “Rove's fingerprints all over it,” which is another way of admitting that he never leaves his fingerprints on anything. This being the case, directors Joseph Mealey and Michael Paradies Shoob would have been more helpful had they pulled back and dissected the Bush administration's Machiavellian processes; instead they recruit the family of a marine killed in Iraq to cry for the cameras, as if Rove had personally pulled the trigger. PG-13, 80 min.