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Talk Radio Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 14, 2015
The monologues are chilling, but too many subplots interfere with them.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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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
Kathleen Shea
Philadelphia Daily News
March 13, 2015
Talk Radio is an exhaustively and exhaustingly unpleasant portrait of an unpleasant guy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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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.
Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
March 13, 2015
Just how far can Barry go? That`s what stupified audiences will begin to wonder at the outset of this riveting drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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
Dennis King
Tulsa World
March 13, 2015
Talk Radio has all the charm of a conversation with Morton Downey Jr. and Geraldo Rivera. It's fascinating without being likable. It's exploitative, mean-spirited and angry... and very compelling.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
March 13, 2015
Powerfully directed by Oliver Stone, whose swirling camera transforms a radio studio into a white-hot caldron of words and emotions.
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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.
Peter Travers
People Magazine
March 13, 2015
Stone's hyperkinetic direction keeps you riveted. He stalks every move Champlain makes around the studio as he revs up bigots, druggies, sex fiends and religious fanatics whom he then viciously puts down.
Ceri Thomas
Film4
March 13, 2015
An underrated movie, Talk Radio has matured into a strong reflection on the nature of celebrity. Oliver Stone hasn't made many better films.
David Parkinson
Radio Times
March 13, 2015
This gripping picture dating from the time when director Oliver Stone made good films rather than sensational headlines, features a tour-de-force performance from Eric Bogosian.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide
March 13, 2015
Fueled by a brilliant performance from Bogosian, Talk Radio is an intense experience that will leave most audiences feeling drained.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
March 13, 2015
The voice-in-the-dark hysteria comes no less out of Stone, seizing the success d'estime transplant for the personal, even confessional, quandary of the anguished truth-teller in the end engulfed by the system.
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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.
Mark Cooper
Empire Magazine
November 3, 2005
A riveting portrait of a complex man.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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