In covering so much acreage, Avrich has failed to dig deep for material that might have shed more light on Wasserman's ways.
| Original Score: 2/4
Avrich's Wasserman is less a man than a list of accomplishments, a Kane without a hint of a Rosebud and nary a whiff of significant criticism.
What we do see in The Last Mogul is certainly worthwhile. But it would be informative mainly to people unfamiliar with Wasserman.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Pic draws a full and balanced measure of the man, from his stratospheric rise to a remarkably humbling fall, and includes as thorough a study of the super-agent-turned-mogul's shady ties with organized crime as any feature docu could hope to muster.
While indistinct stylistically and inconclusive biographically, The Last Mogul does have a certain allure.
Lew Wasserman, who rose from the streets of Cleveland to become the most powerful man in Hollywood, is the subject of this absorbing documentary.
| Original Score: 3/5
| Original Score: 3/4
A Powerful Mogul. Avrich documentary reveals truth about Wasserman.
Does an impeccable job in documenting both the dark and light side of one of the most successful, yet secretive, celebrities North America has ever known.
| Original Score: 5/5
The jazzy credit sequence uses Wasserman's trademark big black eyeglasses as a playful motif, but the film itself is all business
| Original Score: 3/4
A smart, well-paced documentary that balances the man's triumphs with his rare failures and discerningly explores the darker side of his power.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
In death as in life, Wasserman proves a subject of total fascination.
More often than not, The Godfather comes to mind as Avrich maps out Wasserman's dalliances with politicians and mobsters, underscoring his remarkable facility for using them both to his advantage.
| Original Score: 4/5
While...occasionally uncomplimentary, the final product feels mostly like a hagiography...tiptoeing around the issue of Wasserman's mob connections
It's a pretty old school doc -- no dramatizations or ambushes -- as befits a eulogy for old school Hollywood.
Avrich's colorful account of Wasserman's career starts out looking like a puff piece, but quickly reveals a refreshing willingness to delve into the dirty side of a glamorous business.
| Original Score: 3.5/4