Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon Reviews

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October 10, 2019
This documentary is a stunning visual achievement, with director Douglas Tirola using perhaps thousands of images to give us a real sense of the seminal, savage American satirical magazine National Lampoon.
July 14, 2016
This is a celebration, not an examination, and those looking for a critique of the ribald publication, radio show, off-Broadway play, and film franchise [should go] elsewhere.
May 23, 2016
Drunk Stoned Brilliant did convince me that the Lampoon has a colorful, even important, journalistic history, and that some extraordinary talents were involved, however often they were drugged out.
April 25, 2016
Director Douglas Tirola makes the anarchic but nonetheless productive rise of what would become a multimedia franchise great fun.
April 22, 2016
With this sensitive yet playful voice, Tirola shows how decades of richly comedic material found its cultural maturity.
April 20, 2016
A fluke phenomenon like this couldn't happen now, but we should be grateful it ever happened at all.
January 21, 2016
The film understandably assumes that everyone who had anything to do with National Lampoon was a comic genius, but that's simply not the case.
December 22, 2015
Filled with incisive interviews... director Douglas Tirola does an admirable job of telling the Lampoon's story and offering up an inside look at how it launched huge careers and went on to change the face of contemporary comedy.
December 3, 2015
The genealogy of late 20th-century comedy, encompassing everything from Ghostbusters to Saturday Night Live, SCTV to Ferris Bueller's Day Off, can be traced to a single magazine.
November 29, 2015
Everybody knows about Saturday Night Live, the long-running comedy skit show, but I sure didn't know the extent to which it was connected to National Lampoon. I learned a lot from this documentary about the magazine's big influence.
November 28, 2015
Reverential retrospective revisiting the rise and fall of an irreverent humor franchise.
November 12, 2015
It makes it clear that the National Lampoon represents where contemporary comedy began.
November 11, 2015
Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead serves as the perfect time capsule of National Lampoon's run and the influence it has on comedy to this day.
October 20, 2015
[Chronicles] a time where you could put a dog on the cover of your magazine with a gun to its head - and the PC police weren't around to take you to task. Those were the days!
October 16, 2015
A documentary about the National Lampoon does its best to capture the glory days.
October 9, 2015
The doc is a bit more loony than the recent SNL film, but it's still just a bit too tame - i.e. lots of talking heads - to truly represent its subject.
October 8, 2015
What makes Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead feel particularly vibrant is how the Lampoon's specific art direction is put to use.
October 8, 2015
Douglas Tirola's source material...is chock-a-block full of the magazine's oft controversial articles, art work and, most famously, the cover art
October 8, 2015
full of magic and promise
October 8, 2015
A slick documentary, and a vital reminder of the power the magazine once held as it welcomed comedic geniuses and lovable miscreants to help create monthly doses of lethal mischief.
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