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Monologist Eric Bogosian's one-man theater piece Talk Radio, co-written by Bogosian and Tad Savinar, is searingly brought to the screen by Oliver Stone. Bogosian plays provocateur radio talk-show host Barry Champlain, whose constant espousal of his inflammatory views and ceaseless hectoring of his callers and listeners reaps equal parts love and hate. As his program rolls on, Champlain is revealed to be just as screwed up as any of his fans, if not more. And then he pushes one caller just a bit too far. In co-adapting the play for the screen, Stone interweaves elements of Stephen… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Talk a nearly perfect example of how not to make a movie of a play."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Talk Radio is directed by Stone with a claustrophobic intensity."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Holds up a disturbing image of a consumer culture where trash is viewed as treasure and excess spells success."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Powerful. Eric Bogosian is a revelation."
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"[Eric Bogosian] is what makes Talk Radio worth seeing, and he is what you'll be talking about afterward."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"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."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"He asks an accepting audience, both in the film and in the theater: How much crap will you take, and why?"
‑ Norm Schrager,
"Far more Eric Bogosian than Oliver Stone, and still timely, even after fifteen years."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"Oliver Stone...turns [Eric Bogosian's] play into a visually achieved, intense and unforgettable movie."
‑ Kevin N. Laforest, Montreal Film Journal
"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."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"One of Stone's unqualified failures, by which I mean that even his usually muscular style can't partially redeem."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
"Oliver Stone's overly dramatic new ending puts a damper on things, but Bogosian has never been more magnetic"
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"If you've ever listened to late-night talkback and found some of the callers unsettling, you're bound to relive that feeling"
‑ Shane Burridge,
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