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Exporting Raymond (2011)

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 4

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EXPORTING RAYMOND tells the hilarious journey of Phil Rosenthal, considered an expert in his country having created one of the most popular television shows of all time, who travels to a foreign land to help people who don't seem to want his help. When Rosenthal joins forces with Hollywood studio Sony Pictures Television to recreate "Everybody Loves Raymond" for Russian TV audiences as "Everybody Loves Kostya," he finds himself lost in Moscow, lost in his mission, lost in translation. Rosenthal

Aug 2, 2011

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What makes Exporting Raymond more than just a funny sketchbook are its insights into the mutability of comedy.

April 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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The culture clash that ensues is so fascinating that Exporting Raymond nearly succeeds despite itself.

April 29, 2011 Full Review Source: NPR
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If (and only if) you need to know every detail about how the Russian version of "Everybody Loves Raymond" was put together, drop everything to see "Exporting Raymond."

April 29, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Post
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"Exporting Raymond" is interesting, and even enjoyable, precisely because of the Russians, whose lives and work Mr. Rosenthal generously portrays alongside his own neuroses.

April 28, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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There are no grand insights, but in all the fretting and frustration, the filmmaker cracks a window into the new Russian soul, albeit a tiny one.

April 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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I mean no disrespect to Rosenthal when I say I laughed louder during the movie than during any episode of his hit TV show.

April 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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...a tedious and overlong documentary...

August 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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light-hearted...sporadically enlightening.

May 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

A charming and interesting real-life cultural mash-up -- a sociocultural bauble which locates reserves of empathy where one might not expect.

May 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Shared Darkness
Shared Darkness

One might not think one could derive a worthwhile feature-length documentary from writer-producer Phil Rosenthal's experiences trying to recreate his hit TV series Everybody Loves Raymond in Russia...but one would be wrong. This highly...

April 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Leonard Maltin's Picks
Leonard Maltin's Picks

Fascinating and entertaining vanity production about adapting the show for Russian TV.

April 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

What we get is a cultural standoff, and it's awkward, nonsensical and really funny.

April 29, 2011 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

People who never saw (or never much liked) "Everybody Loves Raymond" might not get the specifics. But complaining about people who don't get your jokes? That is universal.

April 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

Rosenthal is just an unpleasant Yank who eventually is the Cassandra preaching doom and bad ratings. He's the last guy you want to have hanging around.

April 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine | Comments (2)
Hollywood & Fine

Rosenthal's fine sense of humor is amplified by his narrative ability. Educational, instructive, funny...should be required viewing as a primer for doing business in Russia.

April 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Tolucan Times
Tolucan Times

Audience Reviews for Exporting Raymond

At times Exporting Raymond seems to drag from boredom, but at times it becomes semi interesting when it shows how television works in Russia. Phillip Rosenthal seems like a nice guy, but we have to sit through his forced reactions to various things in Russian culture. Its cool to see how other countries recreate popular American sitcoms and this movie has some funny moments, but I was never truly interested.
July 2, 2012
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Chris Miele

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"Exporting Raymond" is an entertaining documentary about Philip Rosenthal's attempts to export the hit sitcom 'Everybody Loves Raymond,' inspired by his elderly parents' inability to turn on their computer, to Russia(where it is now called 'Everybody Loves Kostya') wherein he also takes a couple of witty shots at the fourth wall. With the exception of a particularly fashionable costume designer, Rosenthal discovers most of the problems to not be cultural, as he proves beyond a doubt how universal family and marriage are, but economic, as he finds production values lower than he is used to, making the use of a studio audience more than slightly improbable.(As far as cultural differences, this is nothing compared to "The Bridge" being transposed from Scandinavia to El Paso/Juarez.) Russia being such a gilded society also explains the success of shows like "Who's the Boss?" and "The Nanny"(It's as hard to imagine "The Nanny" being done without Fran Drescher, as it is with her.) there and that maybe getting the kidnap and ransom insurance may not have been such a bad idea, after all.
September 15, 2013
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Walter M.

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Follows Phil Rosenthal (Creator of Everybody Loves Raymond) on an eye-opening and often hilarious journey as he travels overseas to make a Russian version of his beloved comedy.

A great study on the cultural differences between the USA and Russia. Rosenthal's quirky and somewhat sarcastic sense of humor does little to smooth things over with those tasked to make the show translate well with the Russian people, and it is really funny to watch. It also points out the very similar and often identical ways that executives run the entertainment industry. Which is to say, it is often frustrating and rage-inducing.

A really unique and interesting documentary film, made by the guy who lived through it all and came out with a better understanding. Of what it takes to make people laugh.
February 13, 2012
Jason Reneau

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