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Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie Reviews

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Nick McCarthy
Slant Magazine
June 4, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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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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Ben Kenigsberg
AV Club
June 6, 2013
Ironically for a movie about the ratings value of shock, Évocateur suffers from its own lack of red meat.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
June 4, 2013
The story is a fascinating, hilarious one, well told.
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
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
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
June 6, 2013
[A] punchy, enjoyably slanted chronicle of the troubled man, his times and his mission ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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
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+
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-
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John Anderson
Newsday
June 6, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
June 4, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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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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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.
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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
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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+
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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.
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
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 27, 2013
It's a riveting Oedipal tragedy.
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