Inflammatory talk-show host Morton Downey Jr. sparked, delighted, and quickly faded like a firecracker--not unlike the erratic, quick-fire presentation of his persona in the doc.
| Original Score: 2/4
Assorted celebrities and Downey's producers offer some insights, but the movie dwells too long on a group of worshipful former audience members.
This was Morton Downey Jr., and Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie is probably the film he deserves.
| Original Score: C
Ironically for a movie about the ratings value of shock, Évocateur suffers from its own lack of red meat.
The story is a fascinating, hilarious one, well told.
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.
| Original Score: 4/4
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
[A] punchy, enjoyably slanted chronicle of the troubled man, his times and his mission ...
| Original Score: 3/5
A frank and worthy look at the trashy demagogue who ruled the airwaves in a spectacular, and spectacularly brief, two-year run.
| Original Score: 3/4
Chronicles the clamorous rise and fall of its mouthy subject in an engaging and entertaining fashion that also rather purposefully induces a certain queasiness.
| Original Score: B+
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.
| Original Score: B-
Downey more or less vanished as quickly as he'd appeared. And yet, as anyone with a television knows, his legacy lives on.
Is it flattering? No. Would he object? Not if it got him a little more ink. Because baby, it's all show biz.
The Mouth's dubious legacy and his many off-camera complications are examined with a coarse affection of which he himself would surely approve.
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.
| Original Score: 5/5
It's crude, funny, hard to look away from, and mercifully short-just like Morton Downey Jr.'s moment in the sun.
Évocateur is never less than watchable. At the same time, you have to wonder who's going to watch it.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
The film does an excellent job of showing how hate-TV was molded in the image of snarling, chain-smoking, guest-berating Downey.
This documentary probably raises more questions than it answers, but it does give a fair portrait of a very interesting character.
| Original Score: B