Talk Radio
Talk Radio (1988)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 1, 1988
DVD Release Date: October 31, 2000
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The gripping union of a director and star at the peak of their respective powers, Talk Radio offers the viewer a singularly unlikable character and dares you to look away.

Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

The film has a purposefully repellent but fascinating quality. Bogosian`s performance, based on his stage play, is spectacularly demented.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

Not to put too fine a point on it, Bogosian is prickly, irritable, alienating and overwhelming. Underwhelming, however, is the way that director Oliver Stone has taken monologuist Bogosian's intimate Off-Broadway play and "opened it up."

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The monologues are chilling, but too many subplots interfere with them.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

As a director, Stone has a way of merging with the point of view of his protagonists, which is to say that his films are as jittery, wired-up and fragmented as they are.

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Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times

Oliver Stone's Talk Radio makes you laugh, makes you mad and keeps you edgily watching for the killers in the shadows.

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Kathleen Shea
Philadelphia Daily News

Talk Radio is an exhaustively and exhaustingly unpleasant portrait of an unpleasant guy.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

The overall effect is disturbing yet mesmerizing; most of the movie takes place in the radio studio while the hero is on the air, and the moral questions raised by his incendiary brand of broadcasting are left provocatively open.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

If you think you're unshockable, see this film and then see what you think.

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Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Just how far can Barry go? That`s what stupified audiences will begin to wonder at the outset of this riveting drama.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Mark Walker
"Sticks and stones can break your bones but words cause permanent damage" It's been difficult of late for director Oliver Stone to find a… 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.
Melvin White
Barry: You're fascinated by the gory details! You're mesmerized by your own fear. You revel in floods, car accidents, unstoppable diseases,… More
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