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The Bitter Buddha (2013)

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100

Average Rating: 6.7/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 0

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The Documentary takes an unconventional journey with a true "comic's comic". For a few decades, Eddie Pepitone has proven to be a startling force in the alt-comedy scene. Within "The Bitter Buddha" we follow Eddie as he deals with a middle-age career surge, while struggling with self-doubt, sobriety, and a challenging family history. (c) Official Site

PG-13,

Documentary, Special Interest

Jul 22, 2013

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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (1)

The film succeeds in reflecting the weird sweetness in Pepitone.

March 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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This loving portrait of the angst-ridden comedian should well lift his profile.

March 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter
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The film's unvarying lack of drama or direction can be wearing, but the schlubby originality of its subject fully repays the longueurs.

March 7, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
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By turns robustly amusing and wistfully melancholy.

February 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Eddie Pepitone, perhaps the funniest stand-up comedian you've never heard of, gets a deserving close-up in the amusing, freewheeling documentary "The Bitter Buddha."

February 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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The Bitter Buddha strains a little too hard for dramatic heft, but it's nevertheless a compelling, sweet, funny valentine to a comic's comic and a true American original.

February 14, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club
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Half successful standup comic Eddie Pepitone expands the screen from stage to life as he lives his part 24 hours a day.

May 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics
Monsters and Critics

An enjoyable lighthearted watch about someone you want to root for to succeed.

March 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Forget the tears of a clown as it pertains to inner psychology of a comedian -- what about the rage of a clown? That's the principal focus of The Bitter Buddha, a doc that's too polite and removed.

March 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Shared Darkness
Shared Darkness

It's a solid doc.

March 19, 2013 Full Review Source: NOW Toronto
NOW Toronto

Few comics with this degree of rage have been this self-aware and comical about it. He's a fascinating blend of NYC anger and L.A. trends. He's a wannabe vegan with road rage. 'Nuff said.

March 15, 2013 Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com
HollywoodChicago.com

Engaging, revealing and even a bit moving.

March 9, 2013 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

This is a portrait of an interesting and endearing misanthrope, but someone who we all know lives inside of us. Eddie's just more willing to put it all out there, to express that existential angst most modern people experience.

March 9, 2013 Full Review Source: The Playlist
The Playlist

As raucous, crass and furiously delightful as the subject's stand-up comedy.

March 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

Pepitone has a caustic yet engaging personality, and the film pays tribute to its subject while capturing what makes him unique.

February 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
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