• Unrated, 1 hr. 34 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:    Rick Alverson , R. Alverson
  • In Theaters:    Nov 9, 2012 Limited
  • On DVD:    Mar 26, 2013
  • Tribeca Film

The Comedy Reviews

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Richard Haridy
November 25, 2013

As a portrait of a generation that's almost collectively sociopathic, this is frightening. For the right audience it's also damn funny. If I wasn't so emotionally stunted and able to enjoy things unironically I'd say I loved it.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine
June 28, 2013

While this could have been the perfect portrait of a certain kind of idiot, the baroque cruelties and tonal monotony go too far.

David Ehrlich
Boxoffice Magazine
April 1, 2013

An essential portrait of a generation of people laughing so hard that they've forgotten the joke is on them.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Marc Mohan
January 24, 2013

This is a lacerating portrait of the sort of narcissistic self-loathing that has kept educated, economically comfortable young people from achieving their true potential, from Benjamin Braddock to Hannah Horvath.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
Michael Nordine
Willamette Week
January 24, 2013

Champions what it appears to mock and indicts what it appears to glorify.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
Top Critic
December 6, 2012

The longest and dreariest 94 minutes I've spent on a movie this year.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
Top Critic
December 6, 2012

None of this is necessarily funny. That's the extent of the irony here.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix
December 6, 2012

[A] relentlessly aimless, abrasive stab at black humor.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Leah Churner
Austin Chronicle
November 30, 2012

All this is credible enough until Swanson exits the airtight bubble of his peers to bully New York City at large.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
Top Critic
November 29, 2012

The joke, I guess, is that there's nothing funny about "The Comedy."

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic
November 22, 2012

A mean-spirited piece of mumblecore that tries to provoke you, but only succeeds in boring you.

Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Todd Jorgenson
November 22, 2012

Pushing the boundaries of taste isn't necessarily a bad thing, but the film is so busy daring its audience to hurl insults that it forgets to simply be funny.

Matt Pais
November 21, 2012

A billion times better than Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kyle Smith
New York Post
Top Critic
November 16, 2012

A character study that tries to make the revolting compelling.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
A.O. Scott
New York Times
Top Critic
November 15, 2012

If you can discern any critical distance or interesting perspective here, or even a good reason to spend 90 minutes in such company, I'm afraid the joke is on you.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
Top Critic
November 15, 2012

The movie may critique its antihero, but it also offers just one more venue in which he's allowed to wallow - while we pay his way.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
November 15, 2012

It's a long, painful sit that claws at interpretational ambition, but only nails the rare moment of enlightenment, wasting 90 minutes of screentime to acquire about 15 minutes worth of substance.

Full Review | Original Score: C-
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic
November 14, 2012

The Comedy pretends to be a satire of entitlement, but it's made in a style so indulgent that the whole film feels entitled in the extreme.

Full Review | Original Score: C
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
Top Critic
November 13, 2012

[A] faux-courageous nondrama.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Ted Scheinman
Paste Magazine
November 9, 2012

The Comedy may not aspire to be the portrait of a generation, but it certainly offers a scary dissection of a faux-careless Brooklynite sensibility that threatens to be the undoing of everyone involved.

Full Review | Original Score: 8.3/10
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