Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work Reviews

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January 4, 2015
Dying this past September, Rivers failed in her longevity goal, but has left a legacy of unforgettable comedy that was never afraid to piss people off even as they howled till their sides split.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
January 5, 2014
it's amazing to look into her world and see the chaos in which she inhabits
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Chase Whale
Gordon and the Whale
August 28, 2013
This delicious documentary did teach me about one of Joan's most important assets, and that's her dirty, dirty mouth.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
January 4, 2011
Laugh clown, laugh. Even though your heart is breaking...
Clay Cane
BET.com
January 3, 2011
Rivers' story is an inspiration, regardless of your background. If there is anyone who is aspiring to be in the entertainment industry, this is the doc to watch. Joan Rivers' life is the blueprint for any artist, comedienne, or actor.
Full Review | Original Score: A
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
December 29, 2010
[A] sad, startling exploration of the vagaries of fame, the insecurities of celebrity, and the realities behind the typical 'but it's just a joke' excuses that prop up cheap, vulgar humor.
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
December 27, 2010
This is a woman who's taken any number of private and public punches and keeps on going. The portrait here is neither flattering nor unsympathetic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
December 3, 2010
...a well made, sporadically fascinating documentary...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 1, 2010
I had no idea how hard she works and how funny she is. Show business may be easy for some people, but it is tough for Joan Rivers.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
September 30, 2010
If you want an insight into human nature, stand up comedy and stand up comedians are a great looking glass, as long as you're prepared for all that pain. All great comedy is cruel, and Joan Rivers does cruel really well
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
September 30, 2010
I laughed, I cried and I was inspired. Delivering far more than you expect, this knock-out doco spits out the essence of Joan Rivers, who admits she is only truly happy when she's on stage
Rob Thomas
Wisconsin State Journal
August 26, 2010
"A Piece of Work" displays a comedian who is much savvier, much more vulnerable and frankly much funnier than we usually see on the small screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
August 24, 2010
This is a fiercely intelligent, maniacally driven, crushingly funny comedian who comes across as less a human being than a sentient career.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 23, 2010
This behind the scenes, behind the makeup, behind the plastic surgery documentary catches Rivers hard at work, ridiculously hard at work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Perri Nemiroff
CinemaBlend.com
August 13, 2010
If you think it's going to be as hilarious as a Joan Rivers standup routine, you're wrong. The self-mocking jokes are funny, but almost make you feel guilty for laughing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
August 13, 2010
The new documentary on Joan Rivers is so in your face, so fraught with harrowing, oversized personal stuff, you might want to get a theatre seat a couple of rows behind where you normally sit, to safely take it all in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 31, 2010
Unvarnished documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
July 29, 2010
The film shows that she is vulnerable, professionally calculating and, except for the people who work for her, alone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 26, 2010
...you may not come away from Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg's (blisteringly funny) chronicle of a year in the life of the comedian ... liking Joan Rivers, much less understanding her, but by gosh this movie is going to force you to respect her.
Full Review | Original Score: 87/100
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
July 24, 2010
The audience will feel like a fly on the wall in a no-holds-barred approach in which no topic is off limits. The filmmakers condensed more than a year of footage into 84 fascinating minutes...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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