The Last Mogul (Life and Times of Lew Wasserman) Reviews

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Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
November 4, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 4, 2005
Highly entertaining.
| Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
November 4, 2005
Lew Wasserman, who rose from the streets of Cleveland to become the most powerful man in Hollywood, is the subject of this absorbing documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
September 1, 2005
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
Oz
eFilmCritic.com
August 27, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
July 29, 2005
While indistinct stylistically and inconclusive biographically, The Last Mogul does have a certain allure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
July 29, 2005
It's a pretty old school doc -- no dramatizations or ambushes -- as befits a eulogy for old school Hollywood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Angela Baldassarre
Sympatico.ca
July 28, 2005
A Powerful Mogul. Avrich documentary reveals truth about Wasserman.
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
June 30, 2005
While...occasionally uncomplimentary, the final product feels mostly like a hagiography...tiptoeing around the issue of Wasserman's mob connections
Wade Major
Boxoffice Magazine
June 24, 2005
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
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
June 23, 2005
A smart, well-paced documentary that balances the man's triumphs with his rare failures and discerningly explores the darker side of his power.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Robert Koehler
Variety
June 23, 2005
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.
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
June 23, 2005
In death as in life, Wasserman proves a subject of total fascination.
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Matt Singer
Village Voice
November 1, 2005
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.
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Michael Posner
Globe and Mail
July 29, 2005
In covering so much acreage, Avrich has failed to dig deep for material that might have shed more light on Wasserman's ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
June 24, 2005
What we do see in The Last Mogul is certainly worthwhile. But it would be informative mainly to people unfamiliar with Wasserman.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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