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Carol Channing: Larger Than Life (2012)

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Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 14
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The story of legendary performer Carol Channing's life is as colorful as the lipstick on her big, bright smile. In Carol Channing: Larger Than Life, director Dori Berinstein, with co-writer Adam Zucker, captures the magic and vivacity of the 90-year-old icon - both onstage and off...past and present. The film is both an intimate love story and a rarefied journey inside Broadway's most glamorous era. It is, above all, a look at an inspiring, incomparable and always entertaining American legend.

May 21, 2012

$15.5k

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There's more than stage talk in Dori Berinstein's documentary: Hiding within it is a remarkable, moving love story.

March 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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There's little sense of the Carol Channing beneath the overdone makeup - if there is one - except maybe to celebrate her fourth marriage to a high school classmate who died recently.

February 3, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Carol Channing is 91 going on 7. That is meant as a compliment.

February 2, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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[Captures] the essence of Carol as one of those creatures of the theater that when you see her onstage, you know you've seen something special.

February 2, 2012 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Not merely affectionate but cheerfully indulgent.

February 2, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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Let's hope Dolly finds her way back to center stage and never goes away again.

January 31, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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As show biz documentaries go, this one is a must-see.

May 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

In her ninth decade, Carol Channing is the subject of a documentary about her incredible life and devotion to entertainment that is as delightful and effervescent as the bubbly star herself.

February 14, 2012 Full Review Source: TheDivaReview.com
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Carol Channing: Larger than Life is like a warm cinematic hug from Shubert Alley, not to be missed by anyone with even the remotest passing interest in Channing or Broadway history.

February 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

This is a love letter to a born star and living legend that will make you laugh, cry, and be thankful that the great Channing is still here among us.

February 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Back Stage
Back Stage

Here's hoping another generation will take a look at a life that's even more impressive for the fact that it continues to be a work in progress.

February 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine
Hollywood & Fine

Smarten up and pay attention. The Queen of Broadway enters.

January 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics
Monsters and Critics

Enjoyable, endearing portrait of a true Broadway icon.

January 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A bubbly 90-year-old mascot from the golden days of the American musical, this doc's subject is certainly larger than the conventional testimonial treatment she's given.

January 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

'Larger Than Life' proves an apt subtitle.

January 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Compuserve
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Hilarious and delightful.
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