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Carol Channing: Larger Than Life (2012)


Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 27
Fresh: 24
Rotten: 3

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 14
Fresh: 12
Rotten: 2

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 4/5
User Ratings: 256



Movie Info

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. … More

Documentary , Television , Musical & Performing Arts
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In Theaters:
May 21, 2012
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Critic Reviews for Carol Channing: Larger Than Life

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (3) | DVD (1)

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

Full Review… | March 15, 2012
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 3, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

Carol Channing is 91 going on 7. That is meant as a compliment.

Full Review… | February 2, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

[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.

Full Review… | February 2, 2012
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Not merely affectionate but cheerfully indulgent.

Full Review… | February 2, 2012
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Let's hope Dolly finds her way back to center stage and never goes away again.

Full Review… | January 31, 2012
New York Observer
Top Critic

As show biz documentaries go, this one is a must-see.

Full Review… | May 12, 2012
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.

Full Review… | February 14, 2012

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.

Full Review… | February 2, 2012
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.

Full Review… | February 2, 2012
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.

Full Review… | February 1, 2012
Hollywood & Fine

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

Full Review… | January 25, 2012
Monsters and Critics

Enjoyable, endearing portrait of a true Broadway icon.

Full Review… | January 19, 2012
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.

Full Review… | January 19, 2012
Slant Magazine

'Larger Than Life' proves an apt subtitle.

Full Review… | January 16, 2012

Audience Reviews for Carol Channing: Larger Than Life


Hilarious and delightful.

Sunil Jawahir

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