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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. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. An endlessly intriguing documentary.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    70
    A refreshingly honest film about the life and times of Hollywood uber-power player Lew Wasserman.
  7. 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.
  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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