Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis Reviews

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Mark Dawidziak
Cleveland Plain Dealer
August 13, 2012
Barson's documentary is as much a celebration as it is a study of this long career in comedy
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Robert Lloyd
Los Angeles Times
August 13, 2012
Whatever Method leaves out, most of what it includes is worth a look.
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Hank Stuever
Washington Post
August 13, 2012
The old clips are still a hoot, but there's a limit to how much compressed air a viewer can take, listening to a bunch of old men talk about how funny their friend was.
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Brian Lowry
Variety
August 13, 2012
Barson has made a doc too narrow in scope, with about as much substance as a meringue pie in the face.
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August 13, 2012
The documentary's camera captures the lensmen from an angle designed to make a tiny swarm of shutterbugs appear like a teeming plague, and you quickly begin to distrust the film's perspective in the most literal sense.
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
August 13, 2012
The weakness of this documentary is that it doesn't give us Mr. Lewis, warts and all.
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Nancy DeWolf Smith
Wall Street Journal
August 13, 2012
Strong too is a desire to praise him by fellow comedians, who may have regarded the making of this film as a chance to pay tribute while the object of their admiration was fully able to appreciate it.
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David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle
August 13, 2012
It's enough to convince you that Woody Harrelson is right: If you don't appreciate Jerry Lewis, I don't want to hang with you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ed Bark
Uncle Barky
August 13, 2012
Method to the Madness is adroitly packaged and probably in roughly the same flattering mode of a PBS American Masters tribute.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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David Hinckley
New York Daily News
August 13, 2012
If you don't like the comic artistry of Jerry Lewis, Encore's extensive new bio-documentary isn't going to change your mind. But you might come away with at least a bit more appreciation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Roush
TV Guide's Movie Guide
August 13, 2012
As we watch, it's clear we'll always be Jerry's kids, engulfed in helpless laughter and admiration.
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Diane Werts
Newsday
August 13, 2012
Method makes a solid case for Lewis as underappreciated auteur.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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