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Talk Radio Reviews

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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
Michael Szymanski
November 4, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
It's midnight in America and there's a lot of angry people out there in the darkness. If that's the main point to Oliver Stone's Talk Radio, it's the only one.
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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.
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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
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
September 21, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
July 4, 2004
One of Stone's unqualified failures, by which I mean that even his usually muscular style can't partially redeem.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
August 30, 2004
Talk Radio... is a nearly perfect example of how not to make a movie of a play.
Mark Cooper
Empire Magazine
November 3, 2005
A riveting portrait of a complex man.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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.
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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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.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 10, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Talk Radio is directed by Stone with a claustrophobic intensity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Fernando F. Croce
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.
Bob Grimm
Sacramento News & Review
June 29, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Clint Morris
September 18, 2002
Powerful. Eric Bogosian is a revelation.
| Original Score: 4/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
October 3, 2002
Far more Eric Bogosian than Oliver Stone, and still timely, even after fifteen years.
| Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
March 8, 2008
| Original Score: 4/5
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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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