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The Aristocrats Reviews

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Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)

A joyful film, full of men and women alight with the pleasure that comes from negating every compliment civilization has ever paid itself.

Full Review Source: Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)

June 3, 2009
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A very funny and entertaining simple documentary

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

April 29, 2009
Cole Smithey

A plethora of comedians discuss and tell their own inspired rendition of "the dirtiest joke in the world" in a contagiously funny documentary that symptomatically gives context to the lasting influence of vaudeville humor.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: A+

April 15, 2009

Each take on the gag reveals a different facet of comic technique.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 3/5

June 23, 2008
David Ansen
Top Critic IconTop Critic

The first feel-good movie made out of fecal matter.

Full Review Source: Newsweek

November 1, 2007
Rob Gonsalves

Its very about-itself unimportance is what makes it a liberating experience for its own sake.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/5

July 23, 2007
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

A tedious dud that sparks once or twice with big laughs

Full Review Source: Cinema Writer | Original Score: 2/4

August 19, 2006
Josh Ralske
All Movie Guide

...the brilliant Sarah Silverman transcends the mean-spirited nature of the joke...

Full Review Source: All Movie Guide | Original Score: 6/10

August 5, 2006
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

In its simplest form, the joke isn't funny; it's all in the telling, and Provenza proves once again that some people can tell a joke, and some people can't.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 3/5

May 12, 2006
David Fear
Time Out
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This all-star open-mike night loses its luster before its own loud laughter dies down.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald

With a showman's respect for the power of the build-up, Provenza touts his product thoroughly before unveiling it.

Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald

January 27, 2006
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

Vile, vulgar and occasionally funny, The Aristocrats is literally a one joke movie%u2026 I was bored...

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

January 19, 2006
Chris Hewitt (UK)
Empire Magazine

A stunning comedy masterclass. For those with strong stomachs, obviously...

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

January 7, 2006
Ken Tucker
New York Magazine/Vulture
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... The Aristocrats proves that sometimes you don't have to be a great filmmaker to make a great documentary.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

December 9, 2005
Bob Westal
Film Threat

A brilliant solution to the eternal problem of how to discuss the creative process behind comedy without becoming boring.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

December 6, 2005
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Mesmo que repetitivo ao procurar analisar o significado social da graça da piada e contendo algumas performances terrivelmente medíocres, o filme ganha um fôlego invejável sempre que algum comediante inspirado surge em cena.

| Original Score: 4/5

November 25, 2005
Nathaniel Rogers

Laughs of discomfort or of the 'ewwww gross' variety are not really the same as good hearty laughs. You'll need a shower afterwards.

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November 22, 2005
Randy Shulman
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)

It's not just a joke for the john, it's a joke for an entire sewage system.

Full Review Source: Metro Weekly (Washington, DC) | Original Score: 4.5/5

October 20, 2005
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

There's an unevenness to the film, and, frankly, I rarely found it funny, but I never found it less than fascinating and invariably entertaining.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 4/5

September 29, 2005
Eric Melin

For those of us who can handle a heaping helping of shock talk, the reward of The Aristocrats lie in our ability to focus a critical spotlight on ourselves.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/4

September 29, 2005
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