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Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie Reviews

August 20, 2015
Evocateur offers so much more, some of it compelling, some of it disturbing and some of it revelatory
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
August 20, 2015
There's no revisionist lionizing here, but plenty of perspective.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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-
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.
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.
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.)
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+
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.
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
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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
June 6, 2013
[A] punchy, enjoyably slanted chronicle of the troubled man, his times and his mission ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
June 5, 2013
This real-life show-biz tale makes for fascinating viewing.
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
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.
June 4, 2013
The story is a fascinating, hilarious one, well told.
May 27, 2013
It's a riveting Oedipal tragedy.