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Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain (2013)

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Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 40
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 15

It's ironically rather short on standup from Mr. Hart himself, but structural problems aside, Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain offers another example of why he's achieved mainstream success on his own terms.

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Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 17
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 6

It's ironically rather short on standup from Mr. Hart himself, but structural problems aside, Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain offers another example of why he's achieved mainstream success on his own terms.

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From Summit Entertainment, KEVIN HART: LET ME EXPLAIN captures the laughter, energy and mayhem from Hart's 2012 "Let Me Explain" concert tour, which spanned 10 countries and 80 cities, and generated over $32 million in ticket sales.

Oct 15, 2013

$32.2M

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All Critics (41) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (25) | Rotten (15)

Kevin Hart's (Along Came Polly) audience loves him, but if you're not in love yet, this probably won't start the infatuation for you.

August 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Once Hart finally gets onstage his act can barely live up to the hype.

July 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Any comic who can play the Garden must be good, but you wouldn't know it from this jumble of random routines and on-the-bus footage.

July 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Newsday
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He is, maybe, a little too frenetic, too frequently at full speed. But when he gets rolling, the laugh lines come quick, one after the other, and he kills.

July 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Slate
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He tells elliptical stories that go on so long and take so many weird detours that they end up being funny even when they shouldn't be.

July 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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If you were to judge Let Me Explain purely on its performance portion, filmed at Madison Square Garden during Hart's 2012 tour, the film would merit a full extra star. But at 75 minutes, it feels too skimpy to rave over.

July 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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The laughs are frequent, with Hart's energy and timing having grown and been honed to more than fill the vast, cavernous space of Madison Square Garden.

September 14, 2013 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

I'd rather attend a Norman Wisdom tribute concert in downtown Tirana than see this film again.

September 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

I could have done without [the] pointless framing device, but there is some funny and highly incorrect material here.

August 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

The less said about the specifics of the act the better -- wouldn't want to spoil the punchlines -- but Let Me Explain is a notch above Hart's last concert film, 2011's Laugh at My Pain.

August 9, 2013 Full Review Source: National Post
National Post

Hart's impressive physicality and the background special effects, which become their own running joke, are a smokescreen disguising how poorly written his rambling gags actually are.

August 8, 2013 Full Review Source: NOW Toronto
NOW Toronto

I so wanted to be moved to genuine laughter, but it came in only fits and starts.

July 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

The Kevin Hart brand is clearly doing well, but Let Me Explain doesn't seem interested in providing anything more than a surface-level presentation of the product.

July 11, 2013 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

Hart nothing but a lightweight.

July 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Illinois Times
Illinois Times

Kevin Hart works hard but is only funny with about 50% of his comedy routine.

July 9, 2013 Full Review Source: jackiekcooper.com
jackiekcooper.com

'Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain' is really a laugh out loud experience that one can enjoy and come back for repeat viewings.

July 7, 2013 Full Review Source: BlackFilm.com
BlackFilm.com

The stories are mainly in the "b****es be crazy" category....entertaining enough, but we get a sense he can do more.

July 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Beliefnet
Beliefnet

On the whole, Hart's material veers toward the lowbrow and doesn't quite hit the heights of cleverness, talent, language, or delivery that predecessors like Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy, and Chris Rock reached.

July 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Kevin Hart is indeed a talented comedian. This is just not his best material.

July 4, 2013 Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com
RogerEbert.com

Hart's comedy is the product of a brilliant acting performance. He uses his imposing physical and vocal skills to bring a paranoid, apoplectic madwoman to hilarious, side-splitting life.

July 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

Hart, one of the most talented and successful comedians working today, can make you laugh. And laugh hard. In Let Me Explain, he's on fire.

July 3, 2013 Full Review Source: The Playlist
The Playlist

Audience Reviews for Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain

Kevin Hart Let Me Explain is a decent little stand up movie, but it's too short. There's a little skit at the beginning and by the time he gets on stage, there's only like an hour of actual Kevin Hart. The standup he performs is for the most part, really funny. 

Kevin Hart fans will love it. The standup show is at Madison Square Garden and by the comments of Kevin Hart at his show, this obviously means a lot to him. That adds a cool new element to the show.
February 2, 2014
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October 5, 2013
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Going into this film I said to myself, "I hope this isn't a flop, and I hope he doesn't begin to go downhill from here". Wow was I wrong. Let me put it this way.....it takes a lot for me to cry tears from laughter.....this stand-up did the job. One of the funniest things I have ever seen. Period.
July 19, 2013
Eric Alvarez

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**1/2

I love stand up comedy. I love going to shows and I love watching specials. But stand up movies sometimes don't work like they probably should, and this is one of those. It's short, about 75 minutes, but it spends too much time getting to the stand up. There's a little skit type segment at the beginning, and from there it follows Kevin Harts journey to perform at Madison Square Garden. It's not really a documentary, but just a big montage before his show. Once his stand up starts, it's pretty funny. Hart is a great stand up, I just wish there was more of his show in this movie. It seems like they cut a lot of his act out. Is he the best out there? I don't think so. But, he's really coming into his own and in a few years he could be something truly, truly special. Good for a few laughs, just wish it showcased more of his act. But if you like stand up, definitely check it out.
July 16, 2013
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