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Crumb (1995)

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Average Rating: 10/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 0

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A fascinating, funny and finally troubling documentary about the prolific, iconoclastic underground cartoonist Robert Crumb.

Mar 9, 1999

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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All Critics (58) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (39) | Rotten (2) | DVD (19)

Crumb's sense of humor is his saving personal grace and the movie's insurance policy against total immersion into the morbid. But just so you know, Crumb fully earns its most revealing screen credit: 'David Lynch Presents.'

January 1, 2000
USA Today
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Crumb may be rough around the edges, even occasionally tedious, but what Zwigoff manages to uncover is honest, captivating and strangely visceral.

October 14, 2010 Full Review Source: IGN DVD
IGN DVD

(An) offbeat and often uncomfortably revealing portrait of the legendary underground comic book artist Robert Crumb and his brothers, Maxon and Charles...

August 11, 2010 Full Review Source: MSN.com
MSN.com

an absolutely disarming documentary and one of the very best of its kind

August 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Filled with haunting images, only a few of which are created by the hand of R. Crumb.

August 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Among the all-time great American documentaries.

July 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

interesting

March 11, 2008

This brilliant docu is not just a portrait of a compulsive artist, but also a deep inquiry into the mysteries of art, creativity, mental illness and family bind.

June 6, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Sporadically intriguing but ultimately overrated...

May 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Zwigoff's biography of Crumb is both absorbing and repellent, and it may be one of the best documentaries to make the connection between creativity and craziness.

May 5, 2006 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

Geek coolness abounds.

October 27, 2005
ColeSmithey.com

Unique, profound, and fairly disturbing.

March 3, 2005
Flipside Movie Emporium

Speaking as someone not of Crumb's generation, the film doesn't transcend the typical documentary formula.

November 28, 2003
New Times

I suppose it depends on your interest in the subject. Mine isn't great enough.

May 20, 2003 | Comment (1)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

As good as documentaries get. A look inside the bizarre private moments of an important American artist.

April 28, 2003
KFOR Channel 4 News

Documentary about a controversial underground comics artist who talks freely about his strangeness.

August 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Shockingly honest portrait of one inspired weirdo and his crazy family.

July 27, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

Enthralling

February 17, 2002 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Rarely has there ever been a work as great as Crumb, an achievement resting on both Zwigoff's talent and grace and on the enigma and poetry of its subject.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

A masterpiece of neutral ambiguity.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Audience Reviews for Crumb

I have a love hate relationship with Crumb's work. Most of it I love but the part I hate is explained as the main topic in this documentary. Indeed, everything becomes clear when you learn of his upbringing and to be honest out of the three brothers, it sounds like he got it good. It is shockingly and disturbingly honest, at one point Crumb's brother Charles admits to having paedophilic feelings and no one seems to blink an eyelid. We are told at the end of the documentary he went on to commit suicide just a year later. It is a fascinating documentary, I can't say it made me warm to Crumb much, it's still love/hate as far as his work goes and there is only so much you can blame on your childhood. I believe all three brothers are dysfunctional geniuses but Crumb is the only hypocrite. Selling out is matter of opinion. Brilliant documentary.
February 6, 2013
SirPant

Super Reviewer

Odd and wonderful study about Robert Crumb and underground comics with a dark view of America, sex and family.
August 2, 2012
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

I have a hard time recommending this. The film is a typical talking head doc about comics artist Robert Crumb, with all the traits you'd expect -- childhood, interviews with family and friends, examples of his work. It's definitely interesting, and the guy is a talented artist to be sure. But his style of art, his subject matter and just his general oddball personality make me uncomfortable. This is a man I would not like being stuck in an elevator with.
July 5, 2009
webalina

Super Reviewer

You have probably seen Robert Crumb's images somewhere, be it on a comic book, a set of mud flaps, or in your mind at night. Crumb's documentary is an examination of what led him to what could have been a lucrative existence as a 1960's icon that he shunned. Yes, Crumb is one of the few people with a little artistic credibility. What's interesting about the life of Crumb is how much of an influence his brothers were on his career and the fact they both appeared to have derailed in their lives with his older brother Cahrles committing suicide when the
January 23, 2009
sononothing

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