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The Aristocrats Reviews

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David Ansen
Newsweek
November 1, 2007
The first feel-good movie made out of fecal matter.
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David Fear
Time Out
February 9, 2006
This all-star open-mike night loses its luster before its own loud laughter dies down.
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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.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
September 26, 2005
Within a single joke, The Aristocrats unlocks an entire universe of comedy.
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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
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
August 25, 2005
Let me reiterate. This movie is really, really dirty.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
August 25, 2005
See it if you aren't too jaded to appreciate a few laughs in these mostly mirthless times.
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David Denby
New Yorker
August 22, 2005
Exudes cheerfulness and expansive joy.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 13, 2005
Like The Joke after which it is named, it's easily dismissed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
August 12, 2005
For my taste, the joke is a little too scatological for comfort.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
August 12, 2005
Under normal circumstances, nothing kills a joke faster than trying to explain it. Yet here, such examination is the film's strong suit and provides much-needed respite, quite frankly, from the exhaustion of constant laughter.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
August 12, 2005
If the Marquis de Sade had set The 120 Days of Sodom in a Catskills club, the result might have been something like The Aristocrats.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 12, 2005
It's very funny, but it's also a bit dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 12, 2005
Like the joke, the filmmakers keep their movie alive, not by changing any of the fundamentals but by finding new ways to embroider the basic material.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 12, 2005
I laughed myself blue.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 12, 2005
The joke itself is not very funny: It's the delivery, the invention and grossness each comedian brings to it that makes it funny.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
August 12, 2005
Alone, the jokes would become a tedious, 87-minute blur. But The Aristocrats also has eloquent analyses by George Carlin, show-stealing bits by Sarah Silverman and Whoopi Goldberg, and inventive ways to keep the joke from getting stale.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
August 12, 2005
The iron rule: There ain't nothing funny about analyzing comedy. The bizarre exception: The Aristocrats..
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
August 12, 2005
The dissection of a joke is never pretty, but it has never been nastier than it is in The Aristocrats.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 12, 2005
Overly long and not always funny, The Aristocrats offers the backstage pleasures of listening to comedians talk about a joke.
| Original Score: B-
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
August 12, 2005
As The Aristocrats repeats its chorus of dirt again and again, one starts to weary. Call it filth fatigue.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 12, 2005
A working demonstration of the pleasures of the profane.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
August 11, 2005
A scabrously funny meditation on the idea of shock.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Phil Kloer
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 11, 2005
Staggeringly obscene and very funny.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
August 11, 2005
Though you'll laugh your head off, the whole film kind of morphs into a blur, with one poop/sex/abuse joke after another.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 11, 2005
The film's real value is as a look at comedy and creativity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 11, 2005
The Aristocrats might have made a nice short subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 1, 2005
It provides such an insight into the darkest, deepest-darkest inner workings of the comic mind.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
July 30, 2005
Sometimes the profane is sacred.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 29, 2005
There's something fascinating in its experiment of giving 100 comics the same joke to tell. Something provocative in what it has to show us about good humor and bad taste and taboos.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
July 29, 2005
One of the funniest films I've seen in years.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 29, 2005
You'll either be screaming with laughter -- or be incredibly offended.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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July 28, 2005
There is a special kind of pleasure in hearing jokes that have no redeeming social value. I'd like to think that this is their social value -- an invitation to free the mind.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 28, 2005
There's something oddly cathartic in observing dozens of comics being so silly and in sharing the hilarity with the theater audience, unsure if they should be laughing or calling the local authorities.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
July 28, 2005
There's something about professional comedians breaking down what's funny for civilians that gets annoying after a while.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 28, 2005
An essay film, a work of painstaking and penetrating scholarship, and, as such, one of the most original and rigorous pieces of criticism in any medium I have encountered in quite some time.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 28, 2005
This killer-funny documentary from Paul Provenza produces more laughs than any hundred jokes you ever heard.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
July 28, 2005
The ante is upped and reupped by what has to be the most crowded and eclectic greenroom of comedians ever captured by roving handheld cameras.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Dave Shulman
L.A. Weekly
July 28, 2005
A rapid-fire, 86-minute, freewheeling study of cultural taboos.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 27, 2005
It's at once a comedy, a horror film, and a hilariously unsettling testament to the deepest reality of what comedians are: rim-shot madmen, driven to seek out and destroy all that's taboo.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Ben Kenigsberg
Village Voice
July 26, 2005
The Aristocrats is most enjoyable as a series of riffs.
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James Greenberg
Hollywood Reporter
July 18, 2005
The funniest dirty joke you'll ever hear.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
June 16, 2005
A master class in comedy, in all its cruel, larkish, obsessive creativity.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
June 4, 2005
Couldn't be verbally filthier... but most will be amused by this unique, star-laden homemovie.