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Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World Reviews

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Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
January 29, 2006
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
January 27, 2006
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
January 26, 2006
Looking For Comedy ends up being light fare for smarter people.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.4/10
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
January 26, 2006
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.
Rex Roberts
Film Journal International
January 26, 2006
More than an hour-and- a-half in length, the movie fizzles out before anything can explode, its characters incapable of sustaining narrative interest.
Dan Fienberg
January 26, 2006
After viewers get through chuckling at the title, the chuckles become increasingly few and far between.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
January 25, 2006
Ultimately tiresome. And when I say 'ultimately,' I mean it in the sense of 'after about 10 minutes.'
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Les Wright
January 24, 2006
The plot...meanders down hapless side paths, often pregnant with comedic possibility, but falls flat time and again.
Emanuel Levy
January 24, 2006
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 | Original Score: C
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
January 24, 2006
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
John A. Nesbit
January 22, 2006
unfunny, self-indulgent disaster
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Lexi Feinberg
January 22, 2006
Just another disappointing effort full of missed opportunities.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Boo Allen
Denton Record-Chronicle
January 22, 2006
Acquired-taste Brooks takes his esoteric brand of dead-pan comedy to an unlikely audience with favorable but somewhat mixed results.
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Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
January 21, 2006
The political thrust of the premise is defanged, and the movie becomes a toothless vehicle for Brooks's drowsy-eyed shtick.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Marcy Dermansky
January 21, 2006
[A] big fat, well-intentioned vanity project.
Full Review | 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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 20, 2006
For all its silliness, Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World is also a work of integrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
January 20, 2006
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
January 20, 2006
Albert Brooks' Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World is half-baked.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Top Critic
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
January 20, 2006
... the movie is a fatally benign effort to jolly us out of the post-9/11 blues while studiously avoiding giving offense in Dubai.
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