Critical Condition: The Loudest Voice

The Loudest Voice | SoHo, 8.30 Thursday/Neon

☆☆☆ “Unalloyed caricature of a political biography … Some filmmaker may one day undertake the story of Roger Ailes, Fox News, the rise of the modern Republican Party and the presidency of Donald Trump and make it a worthy enterprise. Something that can’t be said of this series, which has all the nuance of a long rap sheet plus indictment in its predictability.” — Wall Street Journal.

☆☆☆ “A premiere scripted by Spotlight writer-director Tom McCarthy (also an executive producer) sets a talky, thoughtful tone for a saga that needs no embellishment. Without glossing over Ailes’ slimiest deeds, a roster of directors exercises enough restraint to avoid silliness. [Russell] Crowe, a world-class bellower, only occasionally flips the switch from whispery, methodical creepiness to full-on scenery chomping. The result is an elegant mix of character study, workplace drama and political thriller.” — Time.

☆☆☆☆ “The Loudest Voice sees the behind-the-scenes culture of sexual assault and the onscreen show of Barnum-ised reactionaryism as two curves of the same lens, which is trained on America and not necessarily opposed to airing anything, especially if it did strong numbers in the demo … It’s a pungent profile of a nauseating figure.” — The New Yorker.

☆☆☆ “While The Loudest Voice is a star-studded recreation of Ailes’ most infamous moments as an alleged serial sexual harasser and brilliant political panderer, it also just feels like visual rhetoric — something that looks good to awards voters but doesn’t really say anything new about its subject.” — Entertainment Weekly.

☆☆ “Showtime’s new limited series about the career and impact of Ailes, provides only half of the man’s equation … What’s lacking is what might make the series match its subject: The boundary-pushing verve and cruel wit that to this day makes Fox News so toxically watchable for so many, the poisonous insight that television news can be something more than edifying.” — Variety.

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