Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Jun 6, 2013
    90
    This pull-no-punches portrait shocks and amuses with equal frequency.
  2. 90
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Jun 10, 2013
    80
    An entertaining, affectionate documentary created by three self-professed fanboys, which proves as nostalgic for the host himself as for a bygone broadcast era, before the reality-TV explosion allowed the inmates to fully take over the asylum.
  4. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Jun 6, 2013
    80
    This fascinating show-business documentary brings its subject to life, warts and all, in a way that would no doubt have thoroughly pleased him.
  5. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Jun 4, 2013
    80
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Jun 6, 2013
    75
    This material cries out for big-budget treatment by a real master like Paul Thomas Anderson or Martin Scorsese.
  7. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Jun 6, 2013
    70
    Watching a movie about the late trash-TV pioneer turns out to be fascinating, even when his story is told as messily as it is here.
  8. Reviewed by: Amy Nicholson
    Jun 6, 2013
    70
    Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie is as fair a portrayal the weak-chinned warrior will get — and fairer than he deserves.
  9. Reviewed by: James Adams
    Aug 29, 2013
    63
    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.
  10. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Jun 6, 2013
    60
    As a look at how we got from there to here, “Evocateur” is one for the time capsule.
  11. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Jun 4, 2013
    60
    The Mouth’s dubious legacy and his many off-camera complications are examined with a coarse affection of which he himself would surely approve.
  12. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    Jun 6, 2013
    50
    Directors Kramer, Miller and Newberger prefer embellishment, allowing personal stories about Downey to fuel animated re-enactments that trivialize rather than penetrate.
  13. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    Jun 5, 2013
    50
    Ironically for a movie about the ratings value of shock, Évocateur suffers from its own lack of red meat.
  14. Reviewed by: Nick McCarthy
    Jun 4, 2013
    50
    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.

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