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The Aristocrats Reviews


Time Out New York
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October 18, 2008
David Ansen
Newsweek
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The first feel-good movie made out of fecal matter.

Full Review Source: Newsweek

November 1, 2007
David Fear
Time Out
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This all-star open-mike night loses its luster before its own loud laughter dies down.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Ken Tucker
New York Magazine/Vulture
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... The Aristocrats proves that sometimes you don't have to be a great filmmaker to make a great documentary.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

December 9, 2005
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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Within a single joke, The Aristocrats unlocks an entire universe of comedy.

Full Review Source: AV Club

September 26, 2005
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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What the film really reveals is the role of the comedian in society and the craftsmanship of joke-writing and joke delivery.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

September 2, 2005
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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Let me reiterate. This movie is really, really dirty.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

August 25, 2005
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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See it if you aren't too jaded to appreciate a few laughs in these mostly mirthless times.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

August 25, 2005
David Denby
New Yorker
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Exudes cheerfulness and expansive joy.

August 22, 2005

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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August 13, 2005
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Like The Joke after which it is named, it's easily dismissed.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 13, 2005
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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For my taste, the joke is a little too scatological for comfort.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

August 12, 2005
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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Under normal circumstances, nothing kills a joke faster than trying to explain it. Yet here, such examination is the film's strong suit and provides much-needed respite, quite frankly, from the exhaustion of constant laughter.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

August 12, 2005
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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If the Marquis de Sade had set The 120 Days of Sodom in a Catskills club, the result might have been something like The Aristocrats.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

August 12, 2005
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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It's very funny, but it's also a bit dull.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 12, 2005
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Like the joke, the filmmakers keep their movie alive, not by changing any of the fundamentals but by finding new ways to embroider the basic material.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

August 12, 2005
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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I laughed myself blue.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

August 12, 2005
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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The joke itself is not very funny: It's the delivery, the invention and grossness each comedian brings to it that makes it funny.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

August 12, 2005
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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Alone, the jokes would become a tedious, 87-minute blur. But The Aristocrats also has eloquent analyses by George Carlin, show-stealing bits by Sarah Silverman and Whoopi Goldberg, and inventive ways to keep the joke from getting stale.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

August 12, 2005
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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The iron rule: There ain't nothing funny about analyzing comedy. The bizarre exception: The Aristocrats..

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

August 12, 2005
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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The dissection of a joke is never pretty, but it has never been nastier than it is in The Aristocrats.

| Original Score: 3/4

August 12, 2005
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Overly long and not always funny, The Aristocrats offers the backstage pleasures of listening to comedians talk about a joke.

| Original Score: B-

August 12, 2005
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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As The Aristocrats repeats its chorus of dirt again and again, one starts to weary. Call it filth fatigue.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 12, 2005
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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A working demonstration of the pleasures of the profane.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 12, 2005
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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A scabrously funny meditation on the idea of shock.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B+

August 11, 2005
Phil Kloer
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Staggeringly obscene and very funny.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: A-

August 11, 2005
Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
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Though you'll laugh your head off, the whole film kind of morphs into a blur, with one poop/sex/abuse joke after another.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

August 11, 2005
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The film's real value is as a look at comedy and creativity.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

August 11, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The Aristocrats might have made a nice short subject.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 11, 2005
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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It provides such an insight into the darkest, deepest-darkest inner workings of the comic mind.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

August 1, 2005
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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Sometimes the profane is sacred.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

July 30, 2005
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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There's something fascinating in its experiment of giving 100 comics the same joke to tell. Something provocative in what it has to show us about good humor and bad taste and taboos.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3/4

July 29, 2005
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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One of the funniest films I've seen in years.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 29, 2005
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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You'll either be screaming with laughter -- or be incredibly offended.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

July 29, 2005
David Edelstein
Slate
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There is a special kind of pleasure in hearing jokes that have no redeeming social value. I'd like to think that this is their social value -- an invitation to free the mind.

Full Review Source: Slate

July 28, 2005
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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There's something oddly cathartic in observing dozens of comics being so silly and in sharing the hilarity with the theater audience, unsure if they should be laughing or calling the local authorities.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

July 28, 2005
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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There's something about professional comedians breaking down what's funny for civilians that gets annoying after a while.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

July 28, 2005
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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An essay film, a work of painstaking and penetrating scholarship, and, as such, one of the most original and rigorous pieces of criticism in any medium I have encountered in quite some time.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 5/5

July 28, 2005
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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This killer-funny documentary from Paul Provenza produces more laughs than any hundred jokes you ever heard.

| Original Score: 3/4

July 28, 2005
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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The ante is upped and reupped by what has to be the most crowded and eclectic greenroom of comedians ever captured by roving handheld cameras.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

July 28, 2005
Dave Shulman
L.A. Weekly
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A rapid-fire, 86-minute, freewheeling study of cultural taboos.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

July 28, 2005
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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It's at once a comedy, a horror film, and a hilariously unsettling testament to the deepest reality of what comedians are: rim-shot madmen, driven to seek out and destroy all that's taboo.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B+

July 27, 2005
Ben Kenigsberg
Village Voice
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The Aristocrats is most enjoyable as a series of riffs.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

July 26, 2005
James Greenberg
Hollywood Reporter
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The funniest dirty joke you'll ever hear.

July 18, 2005
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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A master class in comedy, in all its cruel, larkish, obsessive creativity.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

June 16, 2005
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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Couldn't be verbally filthier... but most will be amused by this unique, star-laden homemovie.

Full Review Source: Variety

June 4, 2005
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