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Certifiably Jonathan Reviews

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
March 31, 2011
For a movie literally about "finding the funny," it's ironic that director Jim Pasternak too rarely does in his fitfully lively but mostly awkward mockumentary "Certifiably Jonathan."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 17, 2011
Jonathan Winters is a fine and funny fellow, and deserves better than this.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
February 16, 2011
Jim Pasternak's documentary is a sophisticated appreciation of Winters as an unsung multi-talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Noh
Film Journal International
February 11, 2011
There's a trove of laughs to be found here, courtesy of the ineffable Jonathan Winters, which somewhat override the labored mockumentary gimmick.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 11, 2011
A whimsical documentary about the elderly comedian Jonathan Winters and his quest to have his paintings exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
February 11, 2011
Fortunately, Winters' legendary inventiveness as a comedian has not diminished with the years.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
February 11, 2011
Observing his subject both on and off medication (Mr. Winters says he is bipolar), Mr. Pasternak has produced a film that feels depressingly exploitative.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
February 10, 2011
Faux documentary about the legendary comedian squanders the rich potential of its subject.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
February 10, 2011
Would seem inconsequential under any circumstances, but feels especially threadbare coming on the heels of Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Elvis Mitchell
February 10, 2011
It's got a great subject -- the extraordinarily voluble comedian Jonathan Winters, whose constant rush of words can be like a blizzard: beautiful, maddening, exhausting and finally beautiful again. But it's not a great film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Ronnie Scheib
February 9, 2011
Winters deserves better.
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Nicolas Rapold
Village Voice
February 9, 2011
The big-kid-bulky Dayton-born comedian gets some welcome playtime in Jim Pasternak's patchwork tribute, but not nearly enough.
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