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Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie Reviews

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Nick McCarthy
Slant Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

June 4, 2013
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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Assorted celebrities and Downey's producers offer some insights, but the movie dwells too long on a group of worshipful former audience members.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

September 12, 2013
Gabe Toro
The Playlist

This was Morton Downey Jr., and Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie is probably the film he deserves.

Full Review Source: The Playlist | Original Score: C

June 5, 2013
Ben Kenigsberg
AV Club
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Ironically for a movie about the ratings value of shock, Évocateur suffers from its own lack of red meat.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C

June 6, 2013
Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
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The story is a fascinating, hilarious one, well told.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

June 4, 2013
Kam Williams
Sly Fox

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 Source: Sly Fox | Original Score: 4/4

June 9, 2013
Bill Gibron

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 Source: EntertainmentTell | Original Score: 4/5

July 18, 2013
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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[A] punchy, enjoyably slanted chronicle of the troubled man, his times and his mission ...

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

June 6, 2013
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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A frank and worthy look at the trashy demagogue who ruled the airwaves in a spectacular, and spectacularly brief, two-year run.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

June 7, 2013
Brent Simon

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 Source: | Original Score: B+

June 27, 2013
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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 Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B-

November 21, 2013
John Anderson
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Downey more or less vanished as quickly as he'd appeared. And yet, as anyone with a television knows, his legacy lives on.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

June 6, 2013
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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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 Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3/4

June 7, 2013
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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The Mouth's dubious legacy and his many off-camera complications are examined with a coarse affection of which he himself would surely approve.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

June 4, 2013
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 5/5

June 7, 2013
Dana Stevens
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It's crude, funny, hard to look away from, and mercifully short-just like Morton Downey Jr.'s moment in the sun.

Full Review Source: Slate

June 7, 2013
James Adams
Globe and Mail
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Évocateur is never less than watchable. At the same time, you have to wonder who's going to watch it.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 30, 2013
Amy Nicholson
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: B+

June 7, 2013
Rob Nelson
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The film does an excellent job of showing how hate-TV was molded in the image of snarling, chain-smoking, guest-berating Downey.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

October 2, 2013
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

This documentary probably raises more questions than it answers, but it does give a fair portrait of a very interesting character.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: B

November 19, 2013
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