• Released
  • June 7, 2013
  • (Limited)
  • R , 1 hr 31 min
  • Documentary
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90

New York Magazine (Vulture)

By David Edelstein
Downey found a way to channel his working-class audience’s anger against liberal shibboleths and not incidentally take down both his dad and his surrogate dad — Teddy ­Kennedy. It’s a ­riveting Oedipal tragedy.
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90

The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
This pull-no-punches portrait shocks and amuses with equal frequency.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
This fascinating show-business documentary brings its subject to life, warts and all, in a way that would no doubt have thoroughly pleased him.
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80

Village Voice

By Alan Scherstuhl
The film is like his life: scabrous, upsetting, kind of moving, funny as hell, alive with hints of how we've become what we are.
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80

Variety

By Scott Foundas
An entertaining, affectionate documentary created by three self-professed fanboys, which proves as nostalgic for the host himself as for a bygone broadcast era, before the reality-TV explosion allowed the inmates to fully take over the asylum.
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75

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
This material cries out for big-budget treatment by a real master like Paul Thomas Anderson or Martin Scorsese.
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70

Salon.com

By Andrew O'Hehir
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.
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70

Los Angeles Times

Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie is as fair a portrayal the weak-chinned warrior will get — and fairer than he deserves.
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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By James Adams
Évocateur is never less than watchable. At the same time, you have to wonder who’s going to watch it. In an era when fame seems measured in increments even shorter than Warhol’s 15 minutes, a 91-minute documentary about a bug-eyed, chain-smoking sociopath who soared high and fell fast so long ago smacks of folly and misdirected energy, like trying to make a biography out of a footnote.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
As a look at how we got from there to here, “Evocateur” is one for the time capsule.
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70 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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