Chris Rock: Tamborine

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Chris Rock reasserts his credentials as one of comedy's preeminent figures in Tamborine, an introspective standup act delivered with fresh sensitivity and trademark exuberance.



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Emmy and Grammy award-winning comedian Chris Rock, who redefined stand-up comedy with his hilarious and brilliant takes on relationships, race and society, comes to Netflix with Chris Rock: Tamborine, his first stand-up special in ten years. With his trademark laser-like observations, Rock covers the gamut of contemporary issues, with incisive and insightful commentary on life. Chris Rock: Tamborine is directed by Bo Burnham and filmed at New York's Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM).


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  • For all of Rock's fealty to hard fact and the disenchantments of experience, "Tamborine" is most exciting, and most unlike anything he's done before, when he gropes toward transformation.

    Dec 27, 2018 | Full Review…
  • [Rock's] willingness to derail the laughs shows a newfound vulnerability-all before he brings the act safely back to a funny zone.

    Nov 20, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Tamborine is more of a look at what can be rather than what is. Looking to the future isn't what we're used to, but there are few better masters of the form to help offer a way forward.

    Feb 14, 2018 | Full Review…

    Steve Greene

    Top Critic
  • The energy is different, but Rock is still very funny and occasionally still provocative, if only because the culture has shifted in recent years.

    Feb 14, 2018 | Full Review…

    Aisha Harris

    Top Critic
  • Tamborine is rife with political humor and pointed observations on race in Rock's usual style, but the special is mostly about Rock himself, a self-reflective piece in which he owns up to his mistakes.

    Feb 14, 2018 | Full Review…

    Kelly Lawler

    USA Today
    Top Critic
  • Tamborine never goes too dark, nor does Rock ever truly blur the line between stand-up set and therapy session...he never loses sight of the comedy - even as he distributes the hard-earned wisdom that comes from regret.

    Feb 14, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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