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Don't Think Twice Reviews

March 16, 2017
The film is nicely structured, gently witty, and it boasts an excellent cast
December 29, 2016
A deeply sincere and literate coming-of-age tale.
August 25, 2016
It has more laughs than any big-studio comedy I've seen this year, but it's dead serious about the difficulty of creating something collectively in a world where everyone's chasing the spotlight.
August 8, 2016
A surprising, bitingly honest drama entwining strands of blood, sweat and jokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 5, 2016
Don't think twice, just see it.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
August 4, 2016
Don't Think Twice does a nice job of satirizing this corner of the showbiz world. More than that, it's a celebration of improv, a uniquely American art form.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 4, 2016
"Don't Think Twice" manages the neat trick of remaining sweet-natured while letting absolutely no one off the hook.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 4, 2016
Paradoxically, "Don't Think Twice" feels both dramatically thin and overstuffed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 4, 2016
A smart, wistful and very funny movie in which six friends weather difficult times but ultimately realize that they do, indeed, have each other's back, for always.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 4, 2016
A tiny gem, a delightful film as surprising as it is satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
August 4, 2016
This sketch of a group of co-workers coming together and potentially falling apart is at once a knowing glimpse into dashed dreams and a skillful portrait of fraying adult friendships.
| Original Score: 4/5
August 3, 2016
There are many moments that don't ring true from a narrative standpoint, but they don't detract from the message: Improv is beautiful, difficult, delicate and fleeting, and its practitioners suffer for their art.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 29, 2016
'Don't Think Twice' does a beautiful job exploring the myriad ways that comedians exploit their own tragic circumstances to score meaningful laughs.
July 28, 2016
It's an ensemble film in the truest sense, one that gives each of its well-drawn, interdependent characters their due. Think "The Big Chill" without the college history.
July 28, 2016
It's a movie that fleshes out the people who entertain us, not with bemusement like a Christopher Guest mockumentary, but with compassion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 28, 2016
"Don't Think Twice" is a genuinely charming comedy about real people challenging themselves to create new realities for laughs and a little truth, one made-up scene at a time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 22, 2016
Birbiglia, a filmmaking talent to watch, lays out the joy, pain, anger, and aching doubt that go into letting an audience in on the joke. You'll laugh till it hurts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 22, 2016
Don't Think Twice is hilarious, yes, but it's also thoughtful and sad and sweet. Birbiglia knows how to communicate those things, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 21, 2016
Rarely does contemporary cinema so bluntly (and accurately) depict envy in its most insidious iteration. It's about the vexing confluence of emotions upon seeing their friends excel while they stagnate, a toxic amalgamation of happiness and jealousy.
July 21, 2016
Don't Think Twice isn't all envy and self-doubt; Birbiglia has also crafted a love letter to improv, capturing the tempestuous and unforgiving art form in a way that only an insider could.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 21, 2016
"Don't Think Twice," which has a warm heart, could have been a much nastier movie. Yet its disappointed show-business hopefuls dreading their expiration dates make no bones about their insecurities.
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July 21, 2016
It's alternately hysterical and heartbreaking, comedy by way of John Cassavetes, who gets an appropriate shout-out.
July 21, 2016
"Don't Think Twice" really shines as an improv procedural, a film that celebrates, in illuminating detail, the skills and anxieties of this showbiz subgenre.
July 21, 2016
Amidst its hard truths about the odds of real success in a creative field, it's surprisingly effective at communicating, through Jacobs especially, a kind of clear-eyed improv idealism.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 20, 2016
Birbiglia continues to mine a scene he knows well, and even though he doesn't strike you as a natural-born filmmaker (some of these scenes are as flatly lensed as the SNL sketches being spoofed), he's evolving as a confrontational dramatist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 20, 2016
Birbiglia is a keen observer with a laid-back, off-the-cuff demeanor and a big heart. Those assets come through here as he explores juicy themes of success, friendship and moving on.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
July 20, 2016
Mike Birbiglia's Don't Think Twice stands as the best, most revealing film about comedy people and one of the best about artistic collaboration.
July 20, 2016
There's a generosity of to spirit that the film that seems to draw directly from improv, with everybody getting a turn in the spotlight.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 19, 2016
I don't know how Birbiglia pulled it off, but he gets the minutiae of an improv-comedy show thrillingly right while using the form to build a kind of allegory of the corrosive effects of capitalism.
July 18, 2016
[An] amiable, lovingly detailed comedy about comedy ...
April 21, 2016
Dexterous at distilling that nauseating mix of happiness, enviousness, and fear of losing contact that can accompany a friend's sudden success.
March 14, 2016
The imperfections of Don't Think Twice are fitting for a movie about artistic expression that's never quite finished.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 14, 2016
Expanding on the behind-the-curtain Sleepwalk With Me, which focused on the personal life of a stand-up comic, Birbiglia displays a feel for his troupe-minded brethren here.
March 14, 2016
Portraying a cutthroat business in which little is "fair," "Don't Think Twice" acknowledges the bloodshed, but applies the razor with enough empathetic delicacy to earn its cautiously upbeat fade.