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Certifiably Jonathan (2011)

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Average Rating: 3.6/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 7

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Jonathan Winters, 85-year-old comic genius, is a gifted painter. He dreams of having his paintings hang in the Museum of Modern Art. When Jonathan's art exhibitions in Beverly Hills and Las Vegas fail, a discouraged Jonathan is ready to abandon his dream. The filmmakers decide to help by hunting down a famous critic and show him Jonathan's paintings. He believes Jonathan is "the missing link between Miro and Dali" and convinces the Museum of Modern Art to give Jonathan a show-but only if he

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For a movie literally about "finding the funny," it's ironic that director Jim Pasternak too rarely does in his fitfully lively but mostly awkward mockumentary "Certifiably Jonathan."

March 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Jonathan Winters is a fine and funny fellow, and deserves better than this.

February 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Fortunately, Winters' legendary inventiveness as a comedian has not diminished with the years.

February 11, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Observing his subject both on and off medication (Mr. Winters says he is bipolar), Mr. Pasternak has produced a film that feels depressingly exploitative.

February 11, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Faux documentary about the legendary comedian squanders the rich potential of its subject.

February 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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Would seem inconsequential under any circumstances, but feels especially threadbare coming on the heels of Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work.

February 10, 2011 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Jim Pasternak's documentary is a sophisticated appreciation of Winters as an unsung multi-talent.

February 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

There's a trove of laughs to be found here, courtesy of the ineffable Jonathan Winters, which somewhat override the labored mockumentary gimmick.

February 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A whimsical documentary about the elderly comedian Jonathan Winters and his quest to have his paintings exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art.

February 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

It's got a great subject -- the extraordinarily voluble comedian Jonathan Winters, whose constant rush of words can be like a blizzard: beautiful, maddening, exhausting and finally beautiful again. But it's not a great film.

February 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Movieline
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