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The Aristocrats (2005)


Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 149
Fresh: 118
Rotten: 31

Critics Consensus: Can a joke stand up to repeated tellings? Hilarious and revealing of the way comedy works, The Aristocrats demonstrates that it's possible.

Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 44
Fresh: 37
Rotten: 7

Critics Consensus: Can a joke stand up to repeated tellings? Hilarious and revealing of the way comedy works, The Aristocrats demonstrates that it's possible.


Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 86,748


Movie Info

Comedy veterans and co-creators Penn Jillette and Paul Provenza capitalize on their insider status and invite over 100 of their closest friends -- who happen to be some of the biggest names in entertainment, from George Carlin, Whoopi Goldberg, Drew Cary to Gilbert Gottfried, Bob Saget, Paul Reiser and Sarah Silverman -- to reminisce, analyze, deconstruct and deliver their own versions of world's dirtiest joke, an old burlesque, too extreme to be performed in public, called 'The Aristocrats.'

Unrated (adult situations/language)
Documentary , Comedy , Special Interest
Directed By:
In Theaters:
Jan 24, 2006
Box Office:
ThinkFilm - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Aristocrats

All Critics (152) | Top Critics (46) | Fresh (118) | Rotten (31) | DVD (28)

The first feel-good movie made out of fecal matter.

Full Review… | November 1, 2007
Top Critic

This all-star open-mike night loses its luster before its own loud laughter dies down.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

... The Aristocrats proves that sometimes you don't have to be a great filmmaker to make a great documentary.

Full Review… | December 9, 2005
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Within a single joke, The Aristocrats unlocks an entire universe of comedy.

Full Review… | September 26, 2005
AV Club
Top Critic

What the film really reveals is the role of the comedian in society and the craftsmanship of joke-writing and joke delivery.

Full Review… | September 2, 2005
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Let me reiterate. This movie is really, really dirty.

Full Review… | August 25, 2005
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

A joyful film, full of men and women alight with the pleasure that comes from negating every compliment civilization has ever paid itself.

Full Review… | June 3, 2009

A very funny and entertaining simple documentary

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

A plethora of comedians discuss and tell their own inspired rendition of "the dirtiest joke in the world" in a contagiously funny documentary that symptomatically gives context to the lasting influence of vaudeville humor.

Full Review… | April 15, 2009

Each take on the gag reveals a different facet of comic technique.

Full Review… | June 23, 2008

Its very about-itself unimportance is what makes it a liberating experience for its own sake.

Full Review… | July 23, 2007

A tedious dud that sparks once or twice with big laughs

Full Review… | August 19, 2006
Cinema Writer

...the brilliant Sarah Silverman transcends the mean-spirited nature of the joke...

Full Review… | August 5, 2006
All Movie Guide

In its simplest form, the joke isn't funny; it's all in the telling, and Provenza proves once again that some people can tell a joke, and some people can't.

Full Review… | May 12, 2006
Sacramento News & Review

With a showman's respect for the power of the build-up, Provenza touts his product thoroughly before unveiling it.

Full Review… | January 27, 2006
Sydney Morning Herald

Vile, vulgar and occasionally funny, The Aristocrats is literally a one joke movie%u2026 I was bored...

Full Review… | January 19, 2006
Urban Cinefile

A stunning comedy masterclass. For those with strong stomachs, obviously...

Full Review… | January 7, 2006
Empire Magazine

A brilliant solution to the eternal problem of how to discuss the creative process behind comedy without becoming boring.

Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Film Threat

Mesmo que repetitivo ao procurar analisar o significado social da graça da piada e contendo algumas performances terrivelmente medíocres, o filme ganha um fôlego invejável sempre que algum comediante inspirado surge em cena.

November 25, 2005
Cinema em Cena

Laughs of discomfort or of the 'ewwww gross' variety are not really the same as good hearty laughs. You'll need a shower afterwards.

Full Review… | November 22, 2005

It's not just a joke for the john, it's a joke for an entire sewage system.

Full Review… | October 20, 2005
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)

There's an unevenness to the film, and, frankly, I rarely found it funny, but I never found it less than fascinating and invariably entertaining.

Full Review… | September 29, 2005
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

For those of us who can handle a heaping helping of shock talk, the reward of The Aristocrats lie in our ability to focus a critical spotlight on ourselves.

Full Review… | September 29, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Aristocrats


Unspeakably foul. But oh-so-hilarious.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

Really funny. A story about a old joke with black humor.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

No Nudity No Violence Unspeakable Obscenity, 100 Comedians but one Very Dirty Joke

Wahida K

Super Reviewer

A million Comedians. One joke. No laughs.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

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