The Comedy Reviews

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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
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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
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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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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 16, 2012
A character study that tries to make the revolting compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
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
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 13, 2012
[A] faux-courageous nondrama.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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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-
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
November 7, 2012
There's not a false note in the film, but maybe there's a difference between accuracy and truth.
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David Rooney
Hollywood Reporter
November 5, 2012
The anomie of entitlement pushed to poisonous extremes is the basis of this provocation, which is as frustrating as it is intriguing.
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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.
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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.