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Conan O'Brien Can't Stop Reviews

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
July 28, 2011
It's hard to feel sorry for a guy who banked millions for not hosting "The Tonight Show" anymore, but it's also fascinating to see a man this compulsively driven to get back in front of people and tell jokes, to hear the laughter, to soak in the applause.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
July 8, 2011
While a lot of geography is covered, as a concert film, Conan O'Brien Can't Stop is decidedly thin entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
July 6, 2011
It's ... entertaining, not to mention revealing about the emotional toll exacted upon people who, in O'Brien's words, "feed their bone marrow to the wood chipper that is television."
| Original Score: 3/4
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June 24, 2011
Just as he promised, amazing things happen.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
June 24, 2011
Meta-irony can get a guy who's still grinding an ax only so far.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 24, 2011
Forget talk shows; Coco should keep touring and making films like this.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 24, 2011
O'Brien admits he ended this moment in his life knowing himself a little better. We feel the same way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
June 24, 2011
Partly about the making of the stage show and partly about the anger and compulsion underlying the making of it, the movie is often very funny. And when it's not, it's revelatory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 24, 2011
It's nice to know that the son of a lawyer and a microbiologist can get into Harvard and make something of himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 24, 2011
A serviceable behind-the-scenes tour documentary with about as much insight as a talk-show monologue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
June 24, 2011
Full of unenlightening snippets and blithe but banal asides, what the movie is missing is edge.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
June 23, 2011
The film, like the tour, will satisfy the Conan cravings of hardcore fans the most, and prove an enjoyable enough diversion for the rest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
June 23, 2011
Everyone laughs at the boss's jokes, which are incessant to the point of irritation, but actual levity is in short supply.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 23, 2011
Seeing his life from the inside, the impulse to judge him fades. You would not want to trade places.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
June 23, 2011
In the aptly titled Conan O'Brien Can't Stop, we witness a performance addict with something to prove.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Neal Justin
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 23, 2011
The documentary makes the case that O'Brien is too passionate, too complex, too driven to simply snap out of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
June 23, 2011
If "Conan O'Brien Can't Stop" is consistently watchable, it isn't especially funny, nor does it give any deeper insight into its star than you might get from seeing his late-night shows.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 23, 2011
Substantially more than a vanity project if less than a three-dimensional portrait of the human stick figure with the shock of orangey hair.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 23, 2011
There are solid laughs and meta-laughs to be had in "Conan O'Brien Can't Stop,'' but the movie is most worthwhile as a portrait of a celebrity in mid-hissy fit. A creative, self-aware hissy fit, but still.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 23, 2011
What we are seeing is a man determined to vindicate himself after a public humiliation. People attend his shows, cheer him, like him. That proves something, doesn't it?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
June 23, 2011
The overall mood of Conan O'Brien Can't Stop is curdled and sour. It leaves the feeling that the next chapter can't come soon enough.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 23, 2011
The whole thing becomes a sort of "Song of Myself" for needy multimillionaire comics at work and play.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
June 23, 2011
If the principal audience for "Conan O'Brien Can't Stop" is obviously the comedian's legions of fans, it's probably most interesting as a detached study of the workings of fame.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 22, 2011
An unexpectedly revealing, disconcerting documentary that benefits from the filmmaker's unmediated approach, his home-movie- quality visual style, and his controlled use of on-the-fly moments.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
June 22, 2011
It's an equally insightful and excruciating journey, with our quip-ready protagonist perpetually caught between two modes: eager-to-please caffeinated and near-breakdown frustrated.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Karina Longworth
Village Voice
June 21, 2011
As protective of his persona as he's proven to be, any time he goes out of his way to insist that he's "keeping it real" scans as suspicious.
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Frazier Moore
Associated Press
June 21, 2011
Simply an engaging, breathless road-trip portrait.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
April 12, 2011
Conan O'Brien should take some satisfaction in the thought that Jay Leno will never earn as much laughter in half an hour as he and his crew does in the first third of Conan O'Brien Can't Stop.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
April 12, 2011
The biggest laughs and most intriguing revelations are provided offstage in this slickly produced documentary