The Comedy Reviews

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Richard Haridy
Quickflix
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
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
Oregonian
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
Matt Pais
RedEye
November 21, 2012
A billion times better than Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
Chase Whale
We Got This Covered
November 8, 2012
An unconventional, unapologetic comedy that's unbelievably entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.5/10
Top Critic
Scott Tobias
AV Club
November 8, 2012
Its audience may be self-selective in the extreme, but few films have better articulated the limits of irony as a force field against the world.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
November 4, 2012
Tim Heidecker's Swanson does not amuse us in spite of the pity he inspires but because of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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William Goss
Film.com
October 24, 2012
A seemingly sincere movie about a deeply ironic and unfulfilled man as he belongs to a culture - hell, maybe even an entire generation - terrified of sincerity.
Jordan Hoffman
IFC.com
June 27, 2012
a challenging film that may ultimately be bulls***, [but] deserves tremendous respect for its clarity of vision.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
June 21, 2012
Transgressively brilliant... an itchy critique of entitlement starring avant-garde comedian Tim Heidecker as one of Williamsburg's overprivileged.
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
June 18, 2012
This is, in effect, "Arthur" meets "Jackass."
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Justin Chang
Variety
January 24, 2012
For a catalog of aggressively stupid, socially deviant male behavior, Rick Alverson's cheekily titled The Comedy is not without a certain subversive intelligence.
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.
Top Critic
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 6, 2012
The longest and dreariest 94 minutes I've spent on a movie this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Top Critic
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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
Top Critic
Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
November 29, 2012
The joke, I guess, is that there's nothing funny about "The Comedy."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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