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Talk Radio

1988
Drama
1h 50m
A rude, contemptuous talk show host becomes overwhelmed by the hatred that surrounds his program just before it goes national. (imdb)
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Talk Radio

1988
Drama
1h 50m
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Rated 12 Mar 2018
81
77th
Stone's follow up to an incredibly productive 1986 and 1987 is a restrained, even when loud, satire on entertainment and the freedom of speech. Everything inside the studio is fantastic, with its frantic and claustrophobic blocking. A lengthy flashback is odd and unnecessary in an otherwise great film.
Rated 27 Oct 2019
85
90th
So close to being a pure masterpiece. Held back only by the inexplicable inclusion of a lengthy, visually ugly, wholly unnecessary flashback sequence, which brings the movie to a complete halt for 20ish minutes right in the middle of it. Considering the many good choices Stone makes here, that sequence is just truly baffling (even more so since the play version it's based on wisely never leaves the radio station setting). Other than that I loved it.
Rated 03 Jan 2011
40
14th
An occasionally engaging Oliver Stone film about a shock jock radio presenter, but for the most part it really was not engaging and had nothing really of interest on the subject.
Rated 19 Jan 2018
70
31st
Eric B is so obnoxious and entertaining but the story felt fabricated and barely touched on the topics it raised throughout the screenplay.
Rated 21 Dec 2006
96
0th
What can I say about a classic.....Since i love everything involving radio, this "shock jock" which was based on Alan Berg was captivating and Eric B. puts on an oscar worthy performance. Two dildo's way up.
Rated 02 Sep 2009
80
77th
Bogosian is sophomoric yet intense. The movie is great when he's on the air (at least 70 percent of the film) but nothing special otherwise.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
77th
Develops a certain critical power. Probably Stone's second-best movie after SALVADOR.
Rated 07 Jun 2012
45
4th
Outdated and boring. Totally lacking in plot and slower than an old lady behind the wheel of a car. Bogosian did a decent job as the lead but the film kept trying to be more meaningful than it actually was. I was disappointed by how uninteresting the callers were. Except for maybe one Neo-Nazi all of the callers stayed on the surface and barely discussed the topics they were talking about. This could have been an interesting premise but the movie struggled to developed anything of substance.
Rated 09 Feb 2013
85
86th
I can't even remember the last time i stumbled naturally onto a talk radio program while futzing around but I can tell you every time I did I left gaining nothing important. I'm so used to fat Alec Baldwin now when I see the thinner model I go for a loop.
Rated 04 Jun 2017
70
56th
Bogosian is quite good. Everything not involving when he was on air felt out of place and a true step down. Like many movies made from plays the dialogue feels a bit over-the-top but because of the nature of actual talk radio often feeling the same way it didn't bother me as much as a lot of the others.
Rated 06 Feb 2017
42
27th
110 min of (self) hatred.
Rated 02 Oct 2013
76
53rd
75.500
Rated 12 Nov 2009
60
31st
Bogosian's performance makes for a compelling lead character, but I needed more of a plot. The national syndication storyline did nothing for me.
Rated 07 Apr 2007
95
90th
A funny, grim, and quite scary portrait of not so much the jerkoff central character but of the society that has created him
Rated 21 Feb 2015
67
41st
As others have noted, Bogosian is the glue that holds the film together, with a fantastic performance. However, the film never really sheds it's stage play roots, which makes everything not inside the radio station seem superfluous, and even some of the stuff inside it feels like Oliver Stone using his characters as mouthpieces, rather than dialogue coming naturally from their personalities. By the end the movie feels a little too obvious and a little too aimless.
Rated 05 Aug 2012
90
80th
Gained a lot of respect for Oliver Stone after this one. The scenes in the studio are impeccably shot. He makes it feel like a prison, with Champlain trapped by all of his insane callers. The scenes that don't take place in the studio are much less satisfactory and maybe even unnecessary for the most part, but I'm so impressed by the rest that I don't really care. Eric Bogosian is fantastic.
Rated 15 Dec 2011
77
59th
77.000
Rated 14 Aug 2007
72
41st
Entertaining when Bogosian is on the air, meandering and dull otherwise.
Rated 20 Mar 2018
81
44th
This is very much a film adapted from the stage. Stone does what he can where he can with the script to remind us this is a film and can break the limitations of the stage, but it still feels contained in a simplistic way. Structurally, there's not much exciting here, including Bogosian's yawn-inducing romantic interest with his ex-wife. Dialogue is where this film shines. It still feels stark and shocking thirty years later, and Bogosian is full game for it.
Rated 04 Dec 2020
91
93rd
Despite all limitations for this stage-play-esque film, it remains riveting all throughout. Fun as hell to watch, more fun to listen to, a truly present and prescient story for the culture that grew up on shock-jocks (up to the shock-jocks in podcasts today). So much of Barry's rants work brilliantly to criticise the society he's in, which includes criticisms of himself, which start off slyly, but become horrendously clear that his broadcast ravings are at himself -- relatable!
Rated 31 May 2021
75
41st
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Rated 10 Jul 2021
9
86th
A movie that's aged well, if you can get past the 80s hair and clothes, and seeing a child Alec Baldwin, you can see many really good acting performances.
Rated 03 Jan 2022
70
71st
Excellent performance by Bogosian who delivers searing monologues that hammer home points with genuine ferocity. While aspects of the film have dated, the critique of the culture of rage and resentment, which is more extreme now due to digital technology and increasing social fragmentation, resulting in the proliferation of echo chambers across the political spectrum, remains timely and relevant. It's also interesting to watch Stone operate in such a restricted setting.
Rated 19 Jan 2022
53
57th
At times mesmerizing, other times stuck in the mud. In many ways, the worst in humanity is on display. I'm not sure that I liked the end, but I can recommend the journey overall.
Rated 03 Sep 2023
58
60th
Michael Wincott was by far the best thing about this. The flashback sequence was extremely clunky and could have been cut & replaced by alluding to it.

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