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Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. 88
    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.
  2. An endlessly intriguing documentary.
  3. 80
    A smart, well-paced documentary that balances the man's triumphs with his rare failures and discerningly explores the darker side of his power.
  4. 70
    Avrich offers a cogent appraisal of Wasserman's importance to the industry and duly notes the darker aspects of his empire (among them MCA's alleged ties to organized crime).
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    70
    A refreshingly honest film about the life and times of Hollywood uber-power player Lew Wasserman.
  6. 70
    Love him or loathe him, Avrich proposes, Wasserman mattered -- which is a lot more than can be said for most of the multinationals and their MBA-bearing surrogates who came to run the studios in his wake.
  7. More history lesson than dirt-digging expedition, and makes illuminating viewing for anyone curious about how the movies get made - information that is sometimes more interesting than the movies themselves.
  8. Reviewed by: Michael Posner
    50
    A good, breezy once-over-lightly on the life and times of a Hollywood titan, but not much more.
  9. Reviewed by: Matt Singer
    50
    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.

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