The film succeeds in reflecting the weird sweetness in Pepitone.
This loving portrait of the angst-ridden comedian should well lift his profile.
The film's unvarying lack of drama or direction can be wearing, but the schlubby originality of its subject fully repays the longueurs.
| Original Score: 3/5
By turns robustly amusing and wistfully melancholy.
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."
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
| Original Score: B
The Bitter Buddha is very funny, and for all its bitterness, Eddie Pepitone's comedy is a taste that's easy to acquire.