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  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    As a look at how we got from there to here, “Evocateur” is one for the time capsule. show more

  • 80
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    This fascinating show-business documentary brings its subject to life, warts and all, in a way that would no doubt have thoroughly pleased him. show more

  • 75
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    This material cries out for big-budget treatment by a real master like Paul Thomas Anderson or Martin Scorsese. show more

  • 63
    James Adams The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Évocateur is never less than watchable. At the same time, you have to wonder who’s going to watch it. In an era when fame seems measured in increments even shorter than Warhol’s 15 minutes, a 91-minute documentary about a bug-eyed, chain-smoking sociopath who soared high and fell fast so long ago smacks of folly and misdirected energy, like trying to make a biography out of a footnote. show more

  • 50
    Nick McCarthy Slant Magazine

    Inflammatory talk-show host Morton Downey Jr. sparked, delighted, and quickly faded like a firecracker--not unlike the erratic, quick-fire presentation of his persona in this documentary. show more

  • 60
    Keith Uhlich Time Out New York

    The Mouth’s dubious legacy and his many off-camera complications are examined with a coarse affection of which he himself would surely approve. show more

  • 50
    Gabe Toro The Playlist

    Directors Kramer, Miller and Newberger prefer embellishment, allowing personal stories about Downey to fuel animated re-enactments that trivialize rather than penetrate. show more

  • 90
    David Edelstein New York Magazine (Vulture)

    Downey found a way to channel his working-class audience’s anger against liberal shibboleths and not incidentally take down both his dad and his surrogate dad — Teddy Kennedy. It’s a riveting Oedipal tragedy. show more

  • 90
    Jeannette Catsoulis The New York Times

    This pull-no-punches portrait shocks and amuses with equal frequency. show more

  • 80
    Alan Scherstuhl Village Voice

    The film is like his life: scabrous, upsetting, kind of moving, funny as hell, alive with hints of how we've become what we are. show more

  • June 12, 2013 Chek101
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    Yeah, I remember Alan Burke. But the way I remember it he wasn\'t on for long? Or was he? Seems to me he was thrown off the show or something all of a sudden.

  • June 05, 2013 memory7152
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    Does anyone rember Alan Burke ? Downey was a copy not an original.

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