Talk Radio
Talk Radio (1988)

Based on star Eric Bogosian's one-man play, this intense drama paints a portrait of a talk radio host known for his controversial views and abrasive manner. The truth behind his on-air persona is revealed, while his belligerent… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 31, 2000
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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Talk a nearly perfect example of how not to make a movie of a play.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Talk Radio is directed by Stone with a claustrophobic intensity.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Holds up a disturbing image of a consumer culture where trash is viewed as treasure and excess spells success.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

It's midnight in America and there's a lot of angry people out there in the darkness. If that's the main point to Oliver Stone's Talk Radio, it's the only one.

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Norm Schrager

He asks an accepting audience, both in the film and in the theater: How much crap will you take, and why?

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Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

Far more Eric Bogosian than Oliver Stone, and still timely, even after fifteen years.

Hal Hinson
Washington Post

Talk Radio has the loony intensity of those impassioned conspiracy theorists who look out at the world and see patterns of corruption spreading in all's another of Stone's wake-up calls to America.

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Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

One of Stone's unqualified failures, by which I mean that even his usually muscular style can't partially redeem.

Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

Oliver Stone's overly dramatic new ending puts a damper on things, but Bogosian has never been more magnetic

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Melvin White
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Derek Daniels
A really great film when you don't expect too much more than what's advertised. Bogosian's finest hour by far and really shows you what… More
Chris Garman
When I was a kid I listened to talk radio (yes, I was THAT kid). The guy I listened to was He Who Goes Bump in the Night, Jim White on KMOX out of St. Louis. I… More
Lady D'arbanville
This was one of those films, you really expect nothing from and yet, it pleasantly surprised me. Eric Bogosian plays the role of a radio presenter and he is… More
_kelly .King
Fantastic script pulled off on the tiniest set. Oliver Stone before he got too overtly political. A great thriller, and a huge recommend.
jd cryptic
Talk Radio is an extraordinary powerful film directed by Oliver Stone which is also inspired by the true story of Alan Berg. <a… More