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Talk Radio Reviews

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
March 13, 2015
The film has a purposefully repellent but fascinating quality. Bogosian`s performance, based on his stage play, is spectacularly demented.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
March 13, 2015
As a director, Stone has a way of merging with the point of view of his protagonists, which is to say that his films are as jittery, wired-up and fragmented as they are.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 13, 2015
The overall effect is disturbing yet mesmerizing; most of the movie takes place in the radio studio while the hero is on the air, and the moral questions raised by his incendiary brand of broadcasting are left provocatively open.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 13, 2015
Not to put too fine a point on it, Bogosian is prickly, irritable, alienating and overwhelming. Underwhelming, however, is the way that director Oliver Stone has taken monologuist Bogosian's intimate Off-Broadway play and "opened it up."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times
March 13, 2015
Oliver Stone's Talk Radio makes you laugh, makes you mad and keeps you edgily watching for the killers in the shadows.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
March 13, 2015
If you think you're unshockable, see this film and then see what you think.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
March 13, 2015
Stone wants more. In Salvador and Platoon he found drama to match his message; here he must invent tragedy to suit his spleen.
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Variety Staff
Variety
March 26, 2009
Bogosian commands attention in a patented tour-de-force. Supporting performances are all vividly realized, notably Michael Wincott's drug-crazed Champlain fan invited to the studio for a tete-a-tete with the host.
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Colette Maude
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Champlain's distorted perspective is compelling, despite Stone's sometimes flashy direction as he attempts to wrest cinematic qualities out of the essentially stagey material.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
August 30, 2004
Talk Radio... is a nearly perfect example of how not to make a movie of a play.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
It's midnight in America and there's a lot of angry people out there in the darkness. If that's the main point to Oliver Stone's Talk Radio, it's the only one.
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Talk Radio has the loony intensity of those impassioned conspiracy theorists who look out at the world and see patterns of corruption spreading in all directions...it's another of Stone's wake-up calls to America.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Talk Radio is directed by Stone with a claustrophobic intensity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4