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

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The Comedy Reviews

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Richard Haridy
Quickflix

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 Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 4.5/5

November 25, 2013
Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

June 28, 2013
David Ehrlich
Boxoffice Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 5/5

April 1, 2013
Marc Mohan
Oregonian

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 Source: Oregonian | Original Score: B+

January 24, 2013
Michael Nordine
Willamette Week

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

Full Review Source: Willamette Week | Original Score: B

January 24, 2013
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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The longest and dreariest 94 minutes I've spent on a movie this year.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 1/4

December 6, 2012
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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None of this is necessarily funny. That's the extent of the irony here.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 6, 2012
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix

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

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 6, 2012
Leah Churner
Austin Chronicle

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

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2/5

November 30, 2012
Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
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The joke, I guess, is that there's nothing funny about "The Comedy."

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

November 29, 2012
David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
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A mean-spirited piece of mumblecore that tries to provoke you, but only succeeds in boring you.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 0/4

November 22, 2012
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com

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.

Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com

November 22, 2012
Matt Pais
RedEye

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

Full Review Source: RedEye | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 21, 2012
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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A character study that tries to make the revolting compelling.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 16, 2012
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1/5

November 15, 2012
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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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 Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

November 15, 2012
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com

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 Source: Blu-ray.com | Original Score: C-

November 15, 2012
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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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 Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

November 14, 2012
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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[A] faux-courageous nondrama.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 1/5

November 13, 2012
Ted Scheinman
Paste Magazine

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 Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 8.3/10

November 9, 2012
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