The Last Mogul (Life and Times of Lew Wasserman)
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The Last Mogul (Life and Times of Lew Wasserman)
For the second half of the 20th century, Lew Wasserman was the most powerful man in show business, even if most people had no idea who he was. Born in Cleveland, OH, in 1913, Wasserman started out booking music for mob-controlled night clubs, and soon became an agent for Music Corporation of America, which became the most lucrative music agency in America. As Wasserman rose through the ranks at MCA, he established such innovative business practices as "packaging" talent (booking hot acts only in tandem with other artists who were a harder sell) and took the company into managing… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Highly entertaining."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"While indistinct stylistically and inconclusive biographically, The Last Mogul does have a certain allure."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"Avrich's colorful account of Wasserman's career starts out looking like a puff piece, but quickly reveals a refreshing willingness to delve into the dirty side of a glamorous business."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It's a pretty old school doc -- no dramatizations or ambushes -- as befits a eulogy for old school Hollywood."
‑ Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
"What we do see in The Last Mogul is certainly worthwhile. But it would be informative mainly to people unfamiliar with Wasserman."
‑ Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
"Lew Wasserman, who rose from the streets of Cleveland to become the most powerful man in Hollywood, is the subject of this absorbing documentary."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"In covering so much acreage, Avrich has failed to dig deep for material that might have shed more light on Wasserman's ways."
‑ Michael Posner, Globe and Mail
"The jazzy credit sequence uses Wasserman's trademark big black eyeglasses as a playful motif, but the film itself is all business"
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"A Powerful Mogul. Avrich documentary reveals truth about Wasserman."
‑ Angela Baldassarre,
"More often than not, The Godfather comes to mind as Avrich maps out Wasserman's dalliances with politicians and mobsters, underscoring his remarkable facility for using them both to his advantage."
‑ Wade Major, Boxoffice Magazine
"Avrich's Wasserman is less a man than a list of accomplishments, a Kane without a hint of a Rosebud and nary a whiff of significant criticism."
‑ Matt Singer, Village Voice
"A smart, well-paced documentary that balances the man's triumphs with his rare failures and discerningly explores the darker side of his power."
‑ Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times
"Does an impeccable job in documenting both the dark and light side of one of the most successful, yet secretive, celebrities North America has ever known."
‑ Oz,
"While...occasionally uncomplimentary, the final product feels mostly like a hagiography...tiptoeing around the issue of Wasserman's mob connections"
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
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