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Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie (2013)

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Before entire networks were built on populist personalities; before reality morphed into a TV genre; the masses fixated on a single, sociopathic star: controversial talk-show host Morton Downey, Jr. In the late '80s, Downey tore apart the traditional talk format by turning debate of current issues into a gladiator pit. His blow-smoke-in-your-face style drew a rabid cult following, but also the title "Father of Trash Television." ÉVOCATEUR: THE MORTON DOWNEY JR. MOVIE dissects the mind and motivation of television's most notorious agitator. (c) Magnolia

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All Critics (32) | Top Critics (22)

Evocateur offers so much more, some of it compelling, some of it disturbing and some of it revelatory

August 20, 2015 | Full Review…

A new documentary on the late trash-talking TV host Morton Downey Jr. suggests he might have been putting one over on both the world and himself.

August 20, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

There's no revisionist lionizing here, but plenty of perspective.

August 20, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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This sharp documentary tribute to Downey's bug-eyed, fulminating charisma - he was like a Nixon who'd let out his id - reveals the demons that drove him to fame, then dragged him down.

October 2, 2013 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

The film does an excellent job of showing how hate-TV was molded in the image of snarling, chain-smoking, guest-berating Downey.

October 2, 2013 | Full Review…

Assorted celebrities and Downey's producers offer some insights, but the movie dwells too long on a group of worshipful former audience members.

September 12, 2013 | Full Review…

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Son of a successful Irish tenor, Morton Downey, Jr. fails at music but briefly finds notoriety as the "father of trash television" when he reinvents himself an angry, chain-smoking talk show bully. 15 unpleasant minutes of fame are stretched to 90 minutes; the takeaway message is, Downey was a jerk.

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