• 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
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
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
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
Chase Whale
We Got This Covered

An unconventional, unapologetic comedy that's unbelievably entertaining.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 9.5/10

November 8, 2012
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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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 Source: AV Club | Original Score: A-

November 8, 2012
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine

Tim Heidecker's Swanson does not amuse us in spite of the pity he inspires but because of it.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 4, 2012
William Goss
Film.com
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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.

Full Review Source: Film.com

October 24, 2012
Jordan Hoffman
IFC.com

a challenging film that may ultimately be bulls***, [but] deserves tremendous respect for its clarity of vision.

Full Review Source: IFC.com | Original Score: B

June 27, 2012
Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
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Transgressively brilliant... an itchy critique of entitlement starring avant-garde comedian Tim Heidecker as one of Williamsburg's overprivileged.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

June 21, 2012
Richard Brody
New Yorker
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This is, in effect, "Arthur" meets "Jackass."

Full Review Source: New Yorker

June 18, 2012
Justin Chang
Variety
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For a catalog of aggressively stupid, socially deviant male behavior, Rick Alverson's cheekily titled The Comedy is not without a certain subversive intelligence.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 24, 2012
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
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
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