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Conan O'Brien Can't Stop (2011)


Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 70
Fresh: 56
Rotten: 14

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 29
Fresh: 20
Rotten: 9

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 13,387



Movie Info

After a much-publicized departure from hosting NBC's Tonight Show - and the severing of a 22-year relationship with the network - O'Brien hit the road with a 32-city music-and-comedy show to exercise his performing chops and exorcise a few demons. The "Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour" was O'Brien's answer to a contractual stipulation that banned his appearance on television, radio and the Internet for six months following his last show. Filmmaker Rodman Flender's resulting … More

R (for language)
Documentary , Comedy , Special Interest
Directed By:
In Theaters:
Sep 13, 2011
Box Office:
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Critic Reviews for Conan O'Brien Can't Stop

All Critics (71) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (56) | Rotten (14) | DVD (2)

It's hard to feel sorry for a guy who banked millions for not hosting "The Tonight Show" anymore, but it's also fascinating to see a man this compulsively driven to get back in front of people and tell jokes, to hear the laughter, to soak in the applause.

Full Review… | July 28, 2011
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

While a lot of geography is covered, as a concert film, Conan O'Brien Can't Stop is decidedly thin entertainment.

Full Review… | July 8, 2011
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

It's ... entertaining, not to mention revealing about the emotional toll exacted upon people who, in O'Brien's words, "feed their bone marrow to the wood chipper that is television."

Full Review… | July 6, 2011
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Just as he promised, amazing things happen.

Full Review… | June 24, 2011
Top Critic

Meta-irony can get a guy who's still grinding an ax only so far.

Full Review… | June 24, 2011
Denver Post
Top Critic

Forget talk shows; Coco should keep touring and making films like this.

Full Review… | June 24, 2011
Detroit News
Top Critic

It's rather stunning, but sometime down the line, our beloved Conan O'Brien ... he turned into Larry Sanders.

Full Review… | June 22, 2013

The film captures the exhaustive healing process he had to endure to emerge (relatively) cleansed.

Full Review… | November 15, 2012

...depicts a fiercely talented performer who has created...a temple to his own cult. While the resulting spectacle may be distasteful in its egotism and indulgence, there's no doubting the drive and devotion of a man for whom the world truly is a stage.

Full Review… | January 26, 2012
Cinema Writer

The movie is pretty standard behind-the-scenes fare most of the time, but kudos to O'Brien for allowing the filmmakers to portray him in a light that's not always flattering.

Full Review… | October 27, 2011

An alternately revealing and concealing vanity project that gives O'Brien a chance to vent his anger, ventilate his underlings (with his rapier wit) and play rock star alongside such celebrity enablers as Eddie Vedder and Jack White.

Full Review… | July 29, 2011
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

...a compact, compelling study of the classic manic comic personality in full overdrive.

Full Review… | July 15, 2011

It's (the) insight and honesty that elevates the film, transforming it into an inspiring -- if a shade or two less than truly intimate -- portrait of an immensely likable man

Full Review… | July 14, 2011

For supporters of Coco who want some insight in to their folk hero who is one part egomaniac, one part eager to please clown, and one part average Joe looking for the American dream.

Full Review… | July 12, 2011
Cinema Crazed

For the most part, Conan O'Brien Can't Stop plays like a fairly typical tour documentary...

Full Review… | July 10, 2011
Reel Film Reviews

Some of the concert footage and backstage banter with the writers is extremely funny, but the funny is in shorter supply than you'd expect.

Full Review… | July 8, 2011
Jam! Movies

The shows themselves are tremendous fun, and Flender crams so much backstage detail into the doc that we're swept up in the whirlwind of manic action along with everyone else.

Full Review… | July 8, 2011
NOW Toronto

The behind-the-scenes stuff is just as hilarious as what we see of the on-stage material.

Full Review… | July 5, 2011
Television Without Pity

An entertaining documentary that captures a singular performer at a singular moment in his long career.

Full Review… | July 1, 2011
Kansas City Star

Members of Team Coco will eat it up. But even those on Team Jay (Leno) can't deny that the film is a fascinating look at one of TV's most creative personalities.

Full Review… | June 26, 2011
San Diego Union-Tribune

Surprisingly, and sadly, this documentary about the titular comedian's comedy tour doesn't contain much comedy. Though it is an intriguing portrait of a very talented workaholic.

Full Review… | June 24, 2011
Big Picture Big Sound

Is there another talk show host who can earn belly laughs with off-the-cuff references to Bess Truman and painter David Hockney? Maybe, but few of them could do it with the speed and mental acuity on display here.

Full Review… | June 24, 2011
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

Audience Reviews for Conan O'Brien Can't Stop


An interesting look into the celebrity's life and his comeback from being kicked off TV. It isn't as funny as I had hoped, but it stays interesting and keeps your attention throughout.

Sanjay Rema
Sanjay Rema

Super Reviewer

Conan said it best when speaking about his tour: this is raw Conan. He swears like a f-ing sailor and berates his s---ty staff all g-- damn day. Wink!

Matthew Slaven
Matthew Slaven

Super Reviewer

If I could show up not do my job and get paid 30 million dollars I wouldn't still be complaining about it years later. Quit crying you big girl.

Joe McCall
Joe McCall

Super Reviewer

While it didn't blow me away, it was great to see behind the scenes look at how Conan operates.

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

Conan O'Brien Can't Stop Quotes

Conan O'Brien:
I walked away from the greatest franchise in history, because I refused to go on at midnight. Here I am, on at midnight.
– Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
Conan O'Brien:
Should I be worried that were opening in a town where nobody lives?
– Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)

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