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Conan O'Brien Can't Stop (2011)

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

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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

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Sep 13, 2011

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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.

July 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Comments (2)
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While a lot of geography is covered, as a concert film, Conan O'Brien Can't Stop is decidedly thin entertainment.

July 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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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."

July 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Just as he promised, amazing things happen.

June 24, 2011 Full Review Source: NPR
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Meta-irony can get a guy who's still grinding an ax only so far.

June 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Denver Post | Comment (1)
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Forget talk shows; Coco should keep touring and making films like this.

June 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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It's rather stunning, but sometime down the line, our beloved Conan O'Brien ... he turned into Larry Sanders.

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin
Deadspin

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

November 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Screen-Space
Screen-Space

...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.

January 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Writer
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.

October 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Scene-Stealers.com
Scene-Stealers.com

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.

July 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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

July 15, 2011 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

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

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune
Times-Picayune

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.

July 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

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

July 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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.

July 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
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.

July 8, 2011 Full Review Source: NOW Toronto
NOW Toronto

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

July 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Television Without Pity
Television Without Pity

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

July 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
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.

June 26, 2011 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
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.

June 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
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.

June 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
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.
December 10, 2011
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!
December 7, 2011
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.
November 27, 2011
Joe McCall

Super Reviewer

While it didn't blow me away, it was great to see behind the scenes look at how Conan operates.
November 13, 2011
kenstachnik

Super Reviewer

    1. 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.
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    1. 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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