The Aristocrats Reviews

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Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
June 3, 2009
A joyful film, full of men and women alight with the pleasure that comes from negating every compliment civilization has ever paid itself.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A very funny and entertaining simple documentary
Cole Smithey
April 15, 2009
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 | Original Score: A+
June 23, 2008
Each take on the gag reveals a different facet of comic technique.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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David Ansen
November 1, 2007
The first feel-good movie made out of fecal matter.
Rob Gonsalves
July 23, 2007
Its very about-itself unimportance is what makes it a liberating experience for its own sake.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Josh Ralske
All Movie Guide
August 5, 2006
...the brilliant Sarah Silverman transcends the mean-spirited nature of the joke...
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
May 12, 2006
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
January 27, 2006
With a showman's respect for the power of the build-up, Provenza touts his product thoroughly before unveiling it.
Chris Hewitt (UK)
Empire Magazine
January 7, 2006
A stunning comedy masterclass. For those with strong stomachs, obviously...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ken Tucker
New York Magazine/Vulture
December 9, 2005
... The Aristocrats proves that sometimes you don't have to be a great filmmaker to make a great documentary.
Bob Westal
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
A brilliant solution to the eternal problem of how to discuss the creative process behind comedy without becoming boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
November 25, 2005
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
Randy Shulman
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
October 20, 2005
It's not just a joke for the john, it's a joke for an entire sewage system.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 29, 2005
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Eric Melin
September 29, 2005
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
September 26, 2005
Within a single joke, The Aristocrats unlocks an entire universe of comedy.
Joe Utichi
September 24, 2005
The guilty pleasure to end all guilty pleasures.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Paul Arendt
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
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Time Out
October 18, 2008

Boston Phoenix
August 13, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 13, 2005
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