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Carol Channing: Larger Than Life Reviews

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Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
January 19, 2012
A bubbly 90-year-old mascot from the golden days of the American musical, this doc's subject is certainly larger than the conventional testimonial treatment she's given.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
February 3, 2012
There's little sense of the Carol Channing beneath the overdone makeup - if there is one - except maybe to celebrate her fourth marriage to a high school classmate who died recently.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
January 31, 2012
Dori Berinstein's desultory, fawning profile of the nonagenarian performer devotes many of its padded 88 minutes to Channing's greatest success, playing the title yenta in Hello, Dolly! on Broadway in the 1960s.
Dan Kaufman
Paste Magazine
February 2, 2012
Carol Channing: Larger than Life is like a warm cinematic hug from Shubert Alley, not to be missed by anyone with even the remotest passing interest in Channing or Broadway history.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Pete Hammond
Back Stage
February 2, 2012
This is a love letter to a born star and living legend that will make you laugh, cry, and be thankful that the great Channing is still here among us.
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
July 22, 2011
Wonderfully informative. It can be faulted somewhat for only viewing Channing through admiring, rose-colored glasses, but then I suppose anyone who disparages the endearingly cheery star does so at their own peril.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
January 19, 2012
The soft touch makes perfect sense, though anyone not already lined up at the altar of old-school Broadway will find the film slower going.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Sarah Boslaugh
May 20, 2011
Seldom has a documentary been more aptly subtitled than Dori Berinstein's Carol Channing: Larger Than Life.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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January 20, 2012
The lady was - and remains - a pro, still glowin', crowin', goin' strong.
Diva Velez
February 14, 2012
In her ninth decade, Carol Channing is the subject of a documentary about her incredible life and devotion to entertainment that is as delightful and effervescent as the bubbly star herself.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kent Turner
May 15, 2011
Stalwartly upbeat
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
April 26, 2011
A celebration and a lament -- a celebration of Channing's seven decades as musical comedy star, and a lament that there's really no one like her anymore.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
February 2, 2012
Carol Channing is 91 going on 7. That is meant as a compliment.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Leba Hertz
San Francisco Chronicle
February 2, 2012
[Captures] the essence of Carol as one of those creatures of the theater that when you see her onstage, you know you've seen something special.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
January 31, 2012
There's not much beyond all the fawning, but the effusively talented Channing more than deserves the gush.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
January 19, 2012
A terrifically entertaining, smartly constructed trip down memory lane with one of the American stage's most legendary troupers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Phil Hall
Film Threat
May 12, 2012
As show biz documentaries go, this one is a must-see.
| Original Score: 4/5
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
January 25, 2012
Smarten up and pay attention. The Queen of Broadway enters.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
January 22, 2013
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Harvey S. Karten
January 16, 2012
'Larger Than Life' proves an apt subtitle.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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