Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie
Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie (2013)

Before entire networks were built on populist personalities; before reality morphed into a TV genre; the masses fixated on a single, sociopathic star: controversial talk-show host Morton Downey, Jr. In the late '80s, Downey tore apart… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: September 2, 2013
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

This sharp documentary tribute to Downey's bug-eyed, fulminating charisma - he was like a Nixon who'd let out his id - reveals the demons that drove him to fame, then dragged him down.

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James Adams
Globe and Mail

Évocateur is never less than watchable. At the same time, you have to wonder who's going to watch it.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The portrait of the controversial media figure, a love him or hate him type, is good enough to give us a somewhat fair portrait, considering the three directors were once fanboys.

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Rob Nelson
Minneapolis Star Tribune

The film does an excellent job of showing how hate-TV was molded in the image of snarling, chain-smoking, guest-berating Downey.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

The movie, made by three former teenage fans of the show, is an odd mixture of admiration and repulsion; even his friends and former producers, interviewed for the camera, seemed mixed in their feelings for him.

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

This documentary probably raises more questions than it answers, but it does give a fair portrait of a very interesting character.

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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

Assorted celebrities and Downey's producers offer some insights, but the movie dwells too long on a group of worshipful former audience members.

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Scott Foundas

Friends and former colleagues address the lingering question of whether Downey was being sincere or engaging in an elaborate form of performance art. (The answer: By the end of the show's run, Downey himself could scarcely tell the difference anymore.)

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Cynthia Fuchs

The film argues that Downey's story is at once banal and outrageous, predictable and (sometimes) surprising.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
Son of a successful Irish tenor, Morton Downey, Jr. fails at music but briefly finds notoriety as the "father of trash television" when he reinvents… More