• 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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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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This is hardly big-screen stuff.

| Original Score: 2/5

September 19, 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
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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A hit- and-miss affair, consistently amusing but not as outrageous or funny as Cho may have intended or as imaginative as one might have hoped.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

July 3, 2002
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

It's hard to quibble with a flick boasting this many genuine cackles, but Notorious C.H.O. still feels like a promising work-in-progress.

September 11, 2002
Jim Judy
Screen It!

Good for the fans but probably only so-so for everyone else.

Full Review Source: Screen It! | Original Score: 5/10

August 30, 2002
Megan Turner
New York Post
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Essentially a formulaic showcase for the provocative Korean-American's singular comedic styling.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

July 3, 2002
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

In her first picture, she was as shrill as fingers across a blackboard. Much less shrill and repetitive this time, her act is more inviting to non-fans. Even so, I found it more cute than funny. I never laughed.

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 7, 2002
Rod Armstrong
Reel.com

Though her fans will assuredly have their funny bones tickled, others will find their humor-seeking dollars best spent elsewhere.

| Original Score: 2/4

June 28, 2002
Ed Park
Village Voice
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She needs us far more than we need her.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

July 2, 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
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

The level of comic invention is surprisingly low, and the resultant amusement spotty at best.

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

September 17, 2002
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Cho's bisexuality supplies her with double ammo when making sex jokes, which are her specialty.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 3/4

November 1, 2002
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com

This movie's a scream! If you've never seen or heard of Margaret Cho, and you want to take a chance at something that you can relate to, and then not relate to, and still laugh anyway, then scope out this film and get to it.

Full Review Source: Zap2it.com | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 28, 2002
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Captures the raw comic energy of one of our most flamboyant female comics.

June 24, 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
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: A-

November 9, 2002
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press

This macho lady rants at her best and most comfortable as combo socially conscious female stud.

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July 5, 2002
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

Cho's impressions of her mom are legendary among fans, and for good reason.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 5/5

April 21, 2003
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

With Notorious C.H.O. Cho proves she has the stuff to stand tall with Pryor, Carlin and Murphy.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3/4

July 3, 2002
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye

Cho is one amusing caustic storyteller. Sharply hilarious and brimming with heart-rendering frankness, Cho exposes herself through the raw observations of the engagingly cheeky comedy concert film Notorious C.H.O....a fearless showcase that's smart

Full Review Source: Movie Eye | Original Score: 3/4

September 15, 2002
Emily Blunt
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August 24, 2002
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine
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August 7, 2004
Dennis Harvey
Variety
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Boston Phoenix
August 3, 2002

Arizona Republic
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September 13, 2002

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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September 23, 2002

Orlando Weekly
September 26, 2002

Houston Chronicle
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