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The Bitter Buddha Reviews

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Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

Half successful standup comic Eddie Pepitone expands the screen from stage to life as he lives his part 24 hours a day.

Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics | Original Score: 7/10

May 8, 2013
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

March 22, 2013
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness

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.

Full Review Source: Shared Darkness | Original Score: C-

March 20, 2013
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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The film succeeds in reflecting the weird sweetness in Pepitone.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune

March 19, 2013
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto

It's a solid doc.

Full Review Source: NOW Toronto

March 19, 2013
Brian Tallerico

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.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/5.0

March 15, 2013
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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This loving portrait of the angst-ridden comedian should well lift his profile.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

March 13, 2013
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

Engaging, revealing and even a bit moving.

Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru | Original Score: 8.24/10

March 9, 2013
Katie Walsh
The Playlist

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.

Full Review Source: The Playlist | Original Score: B+

March 9, 2013
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

March 7, 2013
Jamie S. Rich

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

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: 4/5

March 5, 2013
Joe Leydon
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By turns robustly amusing and wistfully melancholy.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 22, 2013
Todd Jorgenson

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

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February 16, 2013
Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
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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."

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

February 15, 2013
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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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.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

February 14, 2013
Sherilyn Connelly
Village Voice
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The Bitter Buddha is very funny, and for all its bitterness, Eddie Pepitone's comedy is a taste that's easy to acquire.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

February 13, 2013
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