The Last Mogul (Life and Times of Lew Wasserman)
The Last Mogul (Life and Times of Lew Wasserman) (2005)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: July 24, 2005
DVD Release Date: December 20, 2005
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Highly entertaining.

Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

While indistinct stylistically and inconclusive biographically, The Last Mogul does have a certain allure.

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Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide

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.

A.O. Scott
New York Times

Lew Wasserman, who rose from the streets of Cleveland to become the most powerful man in Hollywood, is the subject of this absorbing documentary.

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Michael Posner
Globe and Mail

In covering so much acreage, Avrich has failed to dig deep for material that might have shed more light on Wasserman's ways.

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

The jazzy credit sequence uses Wasserman's trademark big black eyeglasses as a playful motif, but the film itself is all business

Matt Singer
Village Voice

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.

Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times

A smart, well-paced documentary that balances the man's triumphs with his rare failures and discerningly explores the darker side of his power.

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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.

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