• 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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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World is a bit like hunting for laughs in your more recent Albert Brooks movies -- you kind of wonder if there are such things.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

January 20, 2006
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs

This should have been an episode of "Curb Your Enthusiasm." Larry David would spark nuclear conflict.

Full Review Source: Film Snobs | Original Score: 2/5

January 20, 2006
James Berardinelli
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There are stretches when one has the sense that we're looking for comedy in Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

January 20, 2006
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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You're likely to still be searching for laughs when the credits roll.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2/4

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
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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The comic results rarely rise above the diffident, although there is one inspired sight gag involving the Taj Mahal.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

January 19, 2006
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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I think this thing is just flat and dead.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

February 11, 2006
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

Dumped by its original distributor because of its title, Albert Brooks's Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World should, instead, have been ditched for not being very funny.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

December 23, 2005
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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A comedian should never attempt to be a diplomat.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

February 11, 2006
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

This Albert is tired and burnt-out. He drags along as if he has the flu. He still fusses and nitpicks, but the life has gone out of it.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2/5

January 20, 2006
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 2/4

July 14, 2007
Willie Waffle

Brooks often acts like he just woke up from a midday nap.

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

January 19, 2006
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

There are a few softballs lobbed at the bureaucracy of the U.S. Government and Indian outsourced support hotlines, but the film is only intermittently funny. Very intermittently.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: C-

January 20, 2006
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

Despite the potential for disaster Brooks sets up with the title, the movie is relatively harmless. It's just so very harmless that it doesn't make much of an impression.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 6/10

August 29, 2006
Jan Stuart
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The comic patronizes his Indian audience and sells himself short at the same time.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 1.5/4

January 19, 2006
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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Before Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World, perhaps Brooks could find some jokes that work over here.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

January 19, 2006
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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You have to give the man credit. Brooks is willing to try anything. A lengthy routine about a botched audience-participation improvisation is as conceptually stunning as any of Andy Kaufman's flights of weirdness. But narratively it stops the movie dead.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: C+

January 19, 2006
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Albert Brooks takes his anxious, cerebral act on the road, to India and Pakistan. There's great satiric potential, but most of it is squandered after a hilarious opening.

| Original Score: 2/5

January 19, 2006
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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This is by far the most embarrassing of [Albert Brooks'] seven movies.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1/4

January 20, 2006
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Looking for Comedy may offend some, but compared to what you might have expected, it's powder- puff stuff, a wan journey that discovers virtually nothing about the Muslim world or anything else, really.

| Original Score: C

January 20, 2006
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
February 23, 2006
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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February 3, 2007
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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May 12, 2006
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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February 11, 2006
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