• PG-13, 1 hr. 38 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Albert Brooks
    In Theaters:
    Jan 20, 2006 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 29, 2006
  • Warner Bros.


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Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World Reviews

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Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card

I laughed my socks off. I may even have found a solid theme in all that silliness. Anyway, couldn't the world use a good laugh about now?

Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card | Original Score: 3/4

January 29, 2006
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

Brooks' tired and sometimes tasteless routine reminded me of a joke from his Defending Your Life. A comedian performing in heaven asks Brooks how he died. Brooks answers, 'Like you, on stage.'

Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 27, 2006

Looking For Comedy ends up being light fare for smarter people.

Full Review Source: CHUD | Original Score: 7.4/10

January 26, 2006
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly

It's an ego trip wrapped in a Jerry Lewis movie, except that Lewis might have remembered to make it funny in a few places.

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly

January 26, 2006
Rex Roberts
Film Journal International

More than an hour-and- a-half in length, the movie fizzles out before anything can explode, its characters incapable of sustaining narrative interest.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

January 26, 2006
Dan Fienberg

After viewers get through chuckling at the title, the chuckles become increasingly few and far between.

Full Review Source: Zap2it.com | Original Score: 2/4

January 26, 2006
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Ultimately tiresome. And when I say 'ultimately,' I mean it in the sense of 'after about 10 minutes.'

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 1/5

January 25, 2006
Les Wright

The plot...meanders down hapless side paths, often pregnant with comedic possibility, but falls flat time and again.

Full Review Source: culturevulture.net

January 24, 2006
Emanuel Levy

A potentially original and incendiary satire, Brooks' film is a misfire, a comedy so lame and outstripped of political contents (both manifest and latent) that it hardly barks let alone bites.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: C

January 24, 2006
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

The cynicism that defined Brooks' early films has given way to hopefulness in the face of possible global catastrophe.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 24, 2006
John A. Nesbit

unfunny, self-indulgent disaster

Full Review Source: ToxicUniverse.com | Original Score: 2/5

January 22, 2006
Lexi Feinberg

Just another disappointing effort full of missed opportunities.

Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 22, 2006
Boo Allen
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

Acquired-taste Brooks takes his esoteric brand of dead-pan comedy to an unlikely audience with favorable but somewhat mixed results.

Full Review

January 22, 2006
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

The political thrust of the premise is defanged, and the movie becomes a toothless vehicle for Brooks's drowsy-eyed shtick.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: C

January 21, 2006
Marcy Dermansky

[A] big fat, well-intentioned vanity project.

Full Review Source: About.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 21, 2006

A smart comedy with dry, sardonic wit, overflowing with tons of sarcasm. It only 'bombs' when Albert is doing his stand-up act and learning all the things that the people do NOT think are funny.

Full Review Source: TheMovieChicks.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 21, 2006
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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For all its silliness, Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World is also a work of integrity.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

January 20, 2006
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune

An affront to PC maniacs everywhere, but a considerable gift to fanatics for comedy, Albert Brooks' Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World will find its Brooksian cult niche (if not in the Muslim world).

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

January 20, 2006
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Albert Brooks' Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World is half-baked.

Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle | Original Score: 4/10

January 20, 2006
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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... the movie is a fatally benign effort to jolly us out of the post-9/11 blues while studiously avoiding giving offense in Dubai.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

January 20, 2006
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