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The Aristocrats Reviews

November 1, 2007
The first feel-good movie made out of fecal matter.
February 9, 2006
This all-star open-mike night loses its luster before its own loud laughter dies down.
December 9, 2005
... The Aristocrats proves that sometimes you don't have to be a great filmmaker to make a great documentary.
September 26, 2005
Within a single joke, The Aristocrats unlocks an entire universe of comedy.
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
August 25, 2005
Let me reiterate. This movie is really, really dirty.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
August 25, 2005
See it if you aren't too jaded to appreciate a few laughs in these mostly mirthless times.
August 22, 2005
Exudes cheerfulness and expansive joy.
August 13, 2005
Like The Joke after which it is named, it's easily dismissed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 12, 2005
For my taste, the joke is a little too scatological for comfort.
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.
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
August 12, 2005
It's very funny, but it's also a bit dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
August 12, 2005
I laughed myself blue.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
August 12, 2005
The dissection of a joke is never pretty, but it has never been nastier than it is in The Aristocrats.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 12, 2005
Overly long and not always funny, The Aristocrats offers the backstage pleasures of listening to comedians talk about a joke.
Read More | Original Score: B-
August 12, 2005
As The Aristocrats repeats its chorus of dirt again and again, one starts to weary. Call it filth fatigue.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 12, 2005
A working demonstration of the pleasures of the profane.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 11, 2005
A scabrously funny meditation on the idea of shock.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 11, 2005
Staggeringly obscene and very funny.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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
August 11, 2005
The film's real value is as a look at comedy and creativity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 11, 2005
The Aristocrats might have made a nice short subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 1, 2005
It provides such an insight into the darkest, deepest-darkest inner workings of the comic mind.
July 30, 2005
Sometimes the profane is sacred.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 29, 2005
One of the funniest films I've seen in years.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 29, 2005
You'll either be screaming with laughter -- or be incredibly offended.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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
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
July 28, 2005
This killer-funny documentary from Paul Provenza produces more laughs than any hundred jokes you ever heard.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 28, 2005
A rapid-fire, 86-minute, freewheeling study of cultural taboos.
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+
July 26, 2005
The Aristocrats is most enjoyable as a series of riffs.
July 18, 2005
The funniest dirty joke you'll ever hear.
June 16, 2005
A master class in comedy, in all its cruel, larkish, obsessive creativity.
June 4, 2005
Couldn't be verbally filthier... but most will be amused by this unique, star-laden homemovie.