The Aristocrats Reviews

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November 19, 2019
A fascinating documentary that is more than a one-joke movie; it's a film that really takes its audience inside the minds of comedians, showing the essence of comedy and improvisation.
April 26, 2019
Beyond being utterly hilarious and really quite shocking, Provenza's film says a lot about the nature of stand-up comedy and the people who are compelled to do it. And that makes The Aristocrats a great documentary.
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.
April 29, 2009
A very funny and entertaining simple documentary
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.
June 23, 2008
Each take on the gag reveals a different facet of comic technique.
November 1, 2007
The first feel-good movie made out of fecal matter.
July 23, 2007
Its very about-itself unimportance is what makes it a liberating experience for its own sake.
August 5, 2006
...the brilliant Sarah Silverman transcends the mean-spirited nature of the joke...
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.
January 27, 2006
With a showman's respect for the power of the build-up, Provenza touts his product thoroughly before unveiling it.
January 7, 2006
A stunning comedy masterclass. For those with strong stomachs, obviously...
December 9, 2005
... The Aristocrats proves that sometimes you don't have to be a great filmmaker to make a great documentary.
December 6, 2005
A brilliant solution to the eternal problem of how to discuss the creative process behind comedy without becoming boring.
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.
October 20, 2005
It's not just a joke for the john, it's a joke for an entire sewage system.
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.
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.
September 26, 2005
Within a single joke, The Aristocrats unlocks an entire universe of comedy.
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.
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