Average Rating: 8.1/10
Reviews Counted: 16
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Release Date: Jan 1, 1974 Wide
Average Rating: 3.9/5
User Ratings: 6,232
Adapted by Julian Barry from his own Broadway play, Lenny manages to be both brutally frank and highly romanticized in detailing the short life and career of influential, controversial stand-up comedian Lenny Bruce. The chronology hops, skips and jumps between Lenny (Dustin Hoffman) in his prime and the burned-out, strung-out performer who, in the twilight of his life, used his nightclub act to pour out his personal frustrations at great, boring length. We watch as up-and-coming comic Bruce
Jan 1, 1974 Wide
Apr 16, 2002
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
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As helmed by Fosse and interpreted by Dustin Hoffman, Lenny is too fragmented and episodic to illuminate the controversial comedian but it's a personal, prophetic film, offering insights into the real life and death of Bob Fosse as a filmmaker.
His performance may feel too Actors Studio at times, but he radiates his broad-spectrum intensity until Lenny becomes something of a Dustin Hoffman film festival in miniature.
A bravura turn by Hoffman, plus Fosse's kinetic direction make this an unforgettable biography.
Dustin Hoffman succesfully transmits to screen some of the rage of Lenny Bruce, a hard role to digest and project.
A sturdy biopic with a fine Dustin Hoffman performance.
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