Fran's sardonic humor is appealing.
| Original Score: B+
"Public Speaking" is an ode to the art of conversation, and it's a delight.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Little seems sacred in Public Speaking, which makes it an invigorating reminder of a media culture that once was fueled by highbrow wit and provocation.
| Original Score: 61/100
...[a] amber-lit, relaxed bar-stool hangout of a documentary.
| Original Score: 4/5
In Scorsese's hands, the film, propelled along by Lebowitz' voice, becomes a wistful tribute to the New York City of the '70s
| Original Score: 5/5
We catch only glimpses below the surface of this whirlwind of wit as Scorsese steps out of the way and lets Lebowitz herself run the show.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
...that rare film that delivers truly intelligent, original entertainment, with all credit to Lebowitz.
One of the greatest movies based around talk of all time.
By the end of this funny, insightful doc, you get a sense of an extraordinary mind that both fueled and fed the zeitgeist. Don't miss it.
The quick-witted malcontent, a Morristown, New Jersey, refugee who arrived at Port Authority in 1969, is the best kind of New Yorker: one with a long memory who's averse to nostalgia.
Because Scorsese is not a Continental sophisticate like Malle, but an American boomer pop artist, Lebowitz's forays into ideas and history are not his forte.