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Clear History Reviews

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Aly Semigran
Television Without Pity
August 9, 2013
The problem with an extended episode of Curb, which is brilliant in its own demented way, is that Larry David's idiosyncrasies can grate even the most patient of fans.
Simon Brookfield
We Got This Covered
August 15, 2013
Fans of Larry David could easily be won over by Clear History but ultimately, a fun cast and genuine laughs are unable to outshine its many inconsistencies.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Laura Bennett
The New Republic
August 12, 2013
Clear History was improvised from 35 pages of script. "You are such an asshole!" one Vineyard resident tells Flomm, which is the movie's main revelation.
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 8, 2013
Despite a number of funny lines sprinkled through the script, this History isn't very memorable.
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
August 10, 2013
Clear History's shorthanded characterizations and ethical vacuum prove so flaccid that it fails even if one views it as a nihilistic statement.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 12, 2013
Clear History is ultimately a disappointing endeavor that's rarely able to live up to the high standard set by star Larry David's television show, Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Brian Lowry
Variety
August 7, 2013
It's hard to fault HBO for letting him indulge in this flight of fancy, particularly given all the marquee names he attracts. Still, without an ability to focus those appetites, Clear History yields the occasional chuckle, but somewhat curbed enthusiasm.
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Robert Bianco
USA Today
August 12, 2013
If you're a fan of Curb Your Enthusiasm, think of this as an extended version of Curb. If you're not, History will not convert you.
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Matthew Gilbert
Boston Globe
August 9, 2013
Even if you do like David's shtick, as I do, you have no business here.
Ethan Alter
Television Without Pity
November 6, 2013
Because HBO will basically let him do whatever he wants, Larry David passed up making another season of Curb Your Enthusiasm to instead write and star in this semi-improvised feature that has an A-list cast and C-list material.
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
August 10, 2013
'History' just doesn't have the same 'Curb' appeal. There's simply too many dead spots and too many ill-defined characters to make it pop.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Dorothy Rabinowitz
Wall Street Journal
August 12, 2013
A wonderfully diverting film with Mr. David at his abrasive best.
August 8, 2013
The movie also feels at time like an extended all-star jam episode of Curb. Those are, perhaps not coincidentally, the best, and funniest parts of Clear History.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Austin O'Connor
AARP Movies for Grownups
August 16, 2013
True to its improv style, the story meanders, but the jokes swirl and land more often than they miss
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
August 23, 2013
With a cast this capable and a screenplay invested in unusual topics for comedic dissection, the feature does just fine as a platform for David to continue his career quest to perfect the art of unease.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
August 15, 2013
There's enough here to still merit a curious click, but Clear History may not be what hardcore David acolytes most crave.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Willa Paskin
Slate
August 8, 2013
As the movie proceeds, it gains traction, first as a kind of pleasant alt-Woody Allen vehicle... and then as a well-modulated morality play.
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Ed Bark
Uncle Barky
August 8, 2013
Clear History is amusing enough to pull a viewer through it, although those who haven't yet acquired a taste for Curb might find it the equivalent of a pricey two-drink minimum without enough payback.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle
August 14, 2013
It will take only a few minutes of Clear History... not only to "forgive" David for repeating himself but to thank him for reminding us why we miss Curb Your Enthusiasm and hope it comes back soon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Hank Stuever
Washington Post
August 12, 2013
[It] has a nice, confident and well-edited breeze to it (including a lot of jokes about the band Chicago), with a fun cast that includes standout riffs from Michael Keaton, Danny McBride and Eva Mendes.
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