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The Comedian

The Comedian (2012)


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Critic Reviews: 1
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Ed is a stand up comedian in his early thirties, he is handsome, charming, witty and lost. Trying to make it on the London comedy circuit, he spends his nights performing in small rooms above pubs and his days making ends meet at a call centre. He lives with Elisa, a beautiful French singer, the two like brother and sister, inseparable, loving and asexual. Ed funny and playful, Elisa soulful and sensitive. One day, on a night bus home, Ed meets Nathan, a young black artist, blunt, honest and



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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (7)

For all its honesty, the film feels frustratingly incomplete, a great character in search of a story.

May 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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There's not enough of a story to sustain The Comedian through its frequent lulls, but its lush cinematic style suggests Shkolnik is one to watch.

June 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

The film has the whiff of reality, but lacks the imaginative shaping that gives form, meaning and a sort of transcendence to the work of John Cassavetes and Mike Leigh.

June 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

There's some interesting material in this dark British drama, but it's so relentlessly grim that we are never able to connect with anyone on-screen. It doesn't help that all of the characters are pretty unlikeable.

May 31, 2013 Full Review Source:

The world is reaching out to gay romance right now. But it takes a lot of reaching to like Tom Shkolnik's The Comedian, or even to understand what it is saying.

May 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Shkolnik knows what it is to be shrugging along in the city with not enough money in your pocket, and no idea what to do with yourself.

May 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Just when you think you've got the measure of it, it'll drift off down another mumbly alley of blind uncertainty about what its protagonist thinks he's doing in life.

May 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

The meandering life of a London stand-up comic makes for a meandering movie experience.

May 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

This improvised drama comedy is charming, poignant and watchable thanks to some exceptionally talented actors, but certain scenes feel a little bloated and contrived.

May 29, 2013 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Mike Leigh in miniature, without the caricature.

May 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Moments of inertia aside, Shkolnik's scriptless film makes a bold attempt to capture the staccato rhythms of life.

May 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

[L]ends a fresh depth of honesty and intimacy - sometimes sexual, always emotional - to a story that feels familiar on the surface but has rarely been plumbed with such insight or candor.

January 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

It's so gloomy that it's difficult to connect emotionally.

January 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

It is an understated message for a diffident, aimless generation - and an impressive first film from a director happy to daze rather than amaze.

October 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

The Comedian is a fatally underwritten curio that doesn't give its competent actors enough to work with.

October 16, 2012 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

Audience Reviews for The Comedian

The Comedian is inspirational to young film makers with limited budgets. It looks good, is edited perfectly and has an impressive voyeuristic realism to it. It's a shame then that the story isn't very good. It gets quite tiresome and even tedious at times. The acting is questionable too, not because the actors can't act but because they haven't been given enough instruction. The stand up scenes are pretty good, the character of Ed only really comes alive at these moments, the Bus scene is so realistic I wonder if it really was real, either way it's pretty intense. The conclusion in the taxi and the rather well written dialogue is nice but it was a long time coming after a lot of not very much happening. It's close, I don't want to do anything but encourage all involved but it needs a lot of work.
January 15, 2014

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