TV Junkie


TV Junkie (2013)



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In this documentary that focuses on the private life of a very public media figure, filmmakers Michael Cain and Matt Radeki wade through more than 3,000 of former Inside Edition correspondent Rick Kirkham's personal video footage to tell the harrowing tale of a life spiraling out of control. Ever since receiving his very first video camera at the age of fourteen, Kirkham has used the lens as everything from a private confessional to a personal confidant, obsessively capturing every emotion and constantly laying his soul bare as the tape rolled. From his early break as an American Bandstand dancer to turn as a local TV news reporter and eventual rise to national correspondent for Inside Edition, Kirkham always had a fresh tape and something to say. As Kirkham and his girlfriend discover that she has become pregnant and quickly begin making marriage plans, the troubled persona that emerges in front of his own camera lens stands in stark contrast to the carefree public face put forward for the Inside Edition broadcasts. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

A mesmerizing documentary trip to hell.

Sep 20, 2013 | Full Review…

In the final stretch, when TV Junkie brings on the triumph-over-adversity homilies, it not only rings false, but downright creepy.

Mar 1, 2006 | Full Review…
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TV Junkie wears its authenticity on its sleeve through heavily tracked video recordings and abrupt cuts courtesy of the camcorder's lack of finesse, but that's part of its impact.

Jun 28, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…

TV JUNKIE is one of the most compelling documentaries I've ever seen in my life.

Dec 15, 2013 | Full Review…

TV Junkie's strength lies in its brutal, unfiltered rawness and intensity. As an assemblage of uncomfortably intimate footage, it's utterly compelling and memorable.

Aug 19, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

This is the best movie about addiction that I've ever seen.

Aug 14, 2013 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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Starts off interesting - then heads into harrowing. Seriously, I thought this guy was going to end up dead by the end of it. Very brave of him to tell a story that puts him in such an unflattering light to help others avoid drug addiction. I felt so sorry for everyone in this - everything his wife and kids went through, and for him himself, as obviously a lot of it was the drugs talking. Really good documentary, but not always easy watching.

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