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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. Read full review
This pull-no-punches portrait shocks and amuses with equal frequency. Read full review
This fascinating show-business documentary brings its subject to life, warts and all, in a way that would no doubt have thoroughly pleased him. Read full review
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. Read full review
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. Read full review
This material cries out for big-budget treatment by a real master like Paul Thomas Anderson or Martin Scorsese. Read full review
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. Read full review
Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie is as fair a portrayal the weak-chinned warrior will get — and fairer than he deserves. Read full review
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. Read full review
As a look at how we got from there to here, “Evocateur” is one for the time capsule.
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