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The Aristocrats Reviews

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Top Critic
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
September 26, 2005
Within a single joke, The Aristocrats unlocks an entire universe of comedy.
Joe Utichi
FilmFocus
September 24, 2005
The guilty pleasure to end all guilty pleasures.
| Original Score: 4/5
Paul Arendt
BBC.com
September 24, 2005
The film has the feel of a long and fascinating chat rather than a formal thesis. But if it feels a little self-congratulatory at times, that's a small price to pay.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Carle
IGN Movies
September 23, 2005
Hilarious, jarring, shocking, divisive and confrontational.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
September 16, 2005
What makes the experience enjoyable for those who tough out the vulgarity will be insights into comedy.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
September 11, 2005
Take the very sound advice of this film's executive producer and don't see this movie if you've ever been offended by a word.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 10, 2005
Everything about the film felt slight.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
September 10, 2005
Frequently amusing documentary with an impressive array of talking heads, though the joke wears thin way before the end of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
September 7, 2005
shows that a simple story can turn into a kind of verbal jazz... each performer can put his or her own personal stamp on it, making it longer or cruder or more sophisticated.
Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)
September 3, 2005
So this man walks into this talent agent's office...wait a minute. I can't even begin to think about telling The Joke.
Full Review| Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 2, 2005
What the film really reveals is the role of the comedian in society and the craftsmanship of joke-writing and joke delivery.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
September 2, 2005
...about the cultural practices of a small and needful tribe, a vanishing breed called the comic, about the damage their famously tortured psyches sustain.
| Original Score: A-
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
September 1, 2005
A veritable who's who in American comedy (with a few Brits and Canadians thrown in)
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Ian Grey
Orlando Weekly
September 1, 2005
The movie drags after a spell, but it's unforgettably reanimated when Gilbert Gottfried's rendition of the joke teaches us why all this potty-mouthed discourse is important.
Jimmy O
Film Snobs
August 28, 2005
A Scathing and Funny Indictment of Comedy and the People Who Laugh at it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
August 28, 2005
In comedy, as in life, it's the journey, not the outcome, that proves most fascinating.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 27, 2005
Fascinates with its high-wire, in-your-face daring.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee
August 26, 2005
An intentionally one-joke film, The Aristocrats can't help but be repetitive, and its endless muck and perversions can wear on a viewer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
August 26, 2005
As The Aristocrats demonstrates, there is real humor in the confrontation of taboos -- and if there are any taboos left to be stared down after this picture, friends, I'm not sure I want to know about 'em.
| Original Score: A-
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
August 26, 2005
The results are unbelievably gross and -- once you get with the program -- side-splittingly funny.
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