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Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie Reviews

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Rick Kogan
Chicago Tribune
August 20, 2015
Evocateur offers so much more, some of it compelling, some of it disturbing and some of it revelatory
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David Hinckley
New York Daily News
August 20, 2015
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ed Bark
Uncle Barky
August 20, 2015
There's no revisionist lionizing here, but plenty of perspective.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
October 2, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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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.
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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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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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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 27, 2013
The movie, made by three former teenage fans of the show, is an odd mixture of admiration and repulsion; even his friends and former producers, interviewed for the camera, seemed mixed in their feelings for him.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Foundas
Variety
June 17, 2013
Friends and former colleagues address the lingering question of whether Downey was being sincere or engaging in an elaborate form of performance art. (The answer: By the end of the show's run, Downey himself could scarcely tell the difference anymore.)
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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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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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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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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
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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.
| Original Score: 5/5
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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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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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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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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
June 5, 2013
This real-life show-biz tale makes for fascinating viewing.
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
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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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
June 4, 2013
Watching a movie about the late trash-TV pioneer turns out to be fascinating, even when his story is told as messily as it is here.
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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
June 4, 2013
The story is a fascinating, hilarious one, well told.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 27, 2013
It's a riveting Oedipal tragedy.