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?
| Original Score: 3/4
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.'
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Looking For Comedy ends up being light fare for smarter people.
| Original Score: 7.4/10
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.
More than an hour-and- a-half in length, the movie fizzles out before anything can explode, its characters incapable of sustaining narrative interest.
After viewers get through chuckling at the title, the chuckles become increasingly few and far between.
| Original Score: 2/4
Ultimately tiresome. And when I say 'ultimately,' I mean it in the sense of 'after about 10 minutes.'
| Original Score: 1/5
The plot...meanders down hapless side paths, often pregnant with comedic possibility, but falls flat time and again.
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.
| Original Score: C
The cynicism that defined Brooks' early films has given way to hopefulness in the face of possible global catastrophe.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
unfunny, self-indulgent disaster
| Original Score: 2/5
Just another disappointing effort full of missed opportunities.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Acquired-taste Brooks takes his esoteric brand of dead-pan comedy to an unlikely audience with favorable but somewhat mixed results.
The political thrust of the premise is defanged, and the movie becomes a toothless vehicle for Brooks's drowsy-eyed shtick.
[A] big fat, well-intentioned vanity project.
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
For all its silliness, Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World is also a work of integrity.
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).
Albert Brooks' Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World is half-baked.
| Original Score: 4/10
... the movie is a fatally benign effort to jolly us out of the post-9/11 blues while studiously avoiding giving offense in Dubai.