Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 21, 2013
The portrait of the controversial media figure, a love him or hate him type, is good enough to give us a somewhat fair portrait, considering the three directors were once fanboys.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
November 19, 2013
This documentary probably raises more questions than it answers, but it does give a fair portrait of a very interesting character.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
October 4, 2013
The film argues that Downey's story is at once banal and outrageous, predictable and (sometimes) surprising.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Matt Prigge
Metro News
October 2, 2013
Without taking his side, "Evocateur" makes us feel genuinely terrible for him.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
October 2, 2013
This sharp documentary tribute to Downey's bug-eyed, fulminating charisma - he was like a Nixon who'd let out his id - reveals the demons that drove him to fame, then dragged him down.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Neil Rosen
NY1-TV
October 2, 2013
Using archival footage, including what appears to be home movies, a fascinating picture is painted of this obnoxious opportunist who, in his own way, changed the face of television.
Top Critic
Rob Nelson
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 2, 2013
The film does an excellent job of showing how hate-TV was molded in the image of snarling, chain-smoking, guest-berating Downey.
Top Critic
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
September 12, 2013
Assorted celebrities and Downey's producers offer some insights, but the movie dwells too long on a group of worshipful former audience members.
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James Adams
Globe and Mail
August 30, 2013
Évocateur is never less than watchable. At the same time, you have to wonder who's going to watch it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Bill Gibron
EntertainmentTell
July 18, 2013
Evocateur is an excellent effort that tries to make sense of a complicated person. It's both highly complimentary and critical, the kind of balanced overview Downey rarely gave those who came under this show business spell.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 27, 2013
The movie, made by three former teenage fans of the show, is an odd mixture of admiration and repulsion; even his friends and former producers, interviewed for the camera, seemed mixed in their feelings for him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Brent Simon
Shockya.com
June 27, 2013
Chronicles the clamorous rise and fall of its mouthy subject in an engaging and entertaining fashion that also rather purposefully induces a certain queasiness.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Top Critic
Scott Foundas
Variety
June 17, 2013
Friends and former colleagues address the lingering question of whether Downey was being sincere or engaging in an elaborate form of performance art. (The answer: By the end of the show's run, Downey himself could scarcely tell the difference anymore.)
Kam Williams
Sly Fox
June 9, 2013
A riveting biopic about a rich kid-turned-rabid bully and pathological liar desperate enough for the limelight to sell his soul to the devil.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Amy Nicholson
Los Angeles Times
June 7, 2013
Despite the shrieking Valkyries on the soundtrack, Évocateur is as fair a portrayal as the weak-chinned warrior will get -- and fairer than he deserves.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Top Critic
Dana Stevens
Slate
June 7, 2013
It's crude, funny, hard to look away from, and mercifully short-just like Morton Downey Jr.'s moment in the sun.
David Noh
Film Journal International
June 7, 2013
A true-life horror story featuring a lead more monstrous than any mere vampire or werewolf.
Top Critic
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 7, 2013
Is it flattering? No. Would he object? Not if it got him a little more ink. Because baby, it's all show biz.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 7, 2013
A frank and worthy look at the trashy demagogue who ruled the airwaves in a spectacular, and spectacularly brief, two-year run.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
June 7, 2013
What remains of its subject ... is the melancholy image of a onetime poet and liberal who longed to sing but in the end could only talk.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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