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  • Summary: This documentary provides a rare and fascinating look at Lew Wasserman, the largest of the many larger-than-life men who made Hollywood what it is today. (ThinkFilm)

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  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
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  1. 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. 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.
  3. An endlessly intriguing documentary.
  4. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    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. 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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