• Unrated, 1 hr. 35 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Lorene Machado
    In Theaters:
    Jun 28, 2002 Wide
    On DVD:
    Nov 19, 2002
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Margaret Cho - Notorious C.H.O. Reviews

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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A raunchy and frequently hilarious follow-up to the gifted Korean American stand-up's I'm the One That I Want.

August 30, 2002
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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A movie that will surely be profane, politically charged music to the ears of Cho's fans.

August 30, 2002
Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
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Cho offers some of her best material to date: jokes and stories that will no doubt embarrass and haunt her later in life -- a sign of truly raw, personal comedy.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

August 29, 2002
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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The best comedy concert movie I've seen since Cho's previous concert comedy film, I'm the One That I Want, in 2000.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/5

August 23, 2002
Anita Schmaltz
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

'...it's better to see her show live in the flash and flesh, but watching Notorious C.H.O. is better than no Cho at all.'

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI) | Original Score: 3/5

August 21, 2002
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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An hour and a half of joyful solo performance.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

August 9, 2002
Paula Nechak
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

There's a poignancy and humanity to Margaret Cho's follow-up to her 2000 concert film, I'm the One That I Want.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: B-

August 8, 2002
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The difference between Cho and most comics is that her confidence in her material is merited.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3/4

August 8, 2002
Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
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The film benefits greatly from a less manic tone than its predecessor, as Cho appears to have settled comfortably into her skin.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

August 8, 2002
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Cho has expanded her repertoire [since her last cincert film] to one that, at least part of the time, has appeal across the board.

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

August 8, 2002
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Cho, who's first concert film was more like a group therapy session than comedy, lightens up considerably for her second

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

August 3, 2002
Jerry McCormick
San Diego Union-Tribune

Audiences who appreciate extremely raunchy humor will find the giggles flowing, but remember to bring the tissue, because you'll laugh until you cry.

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

August 2, 2002
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee

She's as rude and profane as ever, always hilarious and, most of the time, absolutely right in her stinging social observations.

Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 2, 2002
Kim Morgan

[Cho] creates at her worst long-winded screeds on 'survival' and, at her best, a strutting confidence born of misery.

Full Review Source: Oregonian

August 2, 2002
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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[Cho's face is] an amazing slapstick instrument, creating a scrapbook of living mug shots.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 2, 2002
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

Cho's fans are sure to be entertained; it's only fair in the interest of full disclosure to say that -- on the basis of this film alone -- I'm not one of them.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 2/5

July 29, 2002
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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For 95 often hilarious minutes, [Cho] riffs on the diciness of colonics, on straight versus gay personal ads, on how men would act if they had periods, and on the perils of a certain outré sexual practice.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

July 18, 2002
Marshall Fine
Journal News (Westchester, NY)

Though she gets a little preachy at the end, Cho finds wonderfully outrageous ways to get her points across.

Full Review Source: Journal News (Westchester, NY) | Original Score: B+

July 15, 2002
Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
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Where last time jokes flowed out of Cho's life story, which provided an engrossing dramatic through line, here the comedian hides behind obviously constructed routines.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 11, 2002
Jason Anderson

Notorious C.H.O. has oodles of vulgar highlights.

Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 11, 2002
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