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

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.
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
The movie is an orgy of boomer self-congratulation -- yet it lacks even that movie's ironic notation of how a bastion of white-male privilege managed to pass itself off as radical.
October 8, 2015
Tirola's documentary is brisk and entertaining, if not especially thoughtful. But then neither was the magazine, whose militant bad taste spawned "Saturday Night Live" and so much more.
October 8, 2015
We can only imagine with glee what these comic geniuses could have done with some of today's political and cultural figures.
October 7, 2015
A frenetic, rough-edged, unapologetic tribute to the Lampoon, featuring some amazing archival footage, nifty bits of animation and dozens of straightforward talking-head interviews that crackle and pop.
October 2, 2015
The tone is sharp and freewheeling, the craziness is infectious and the pace is cocaine-quick.
October 2, 2015
Pack rats of a certain generation will all but run to their attics after seeing "Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead."
October 1, 2015
Douglas Tirola's loving doc captures the anarchic '70s college satire magazine that became a comic force.
October 1, 2015
An ambitious attempt to follow how the various alumni and side projects of one scurrilous publication variously gave us Animal House, The Simpsons, Saturday Night Live and The Breakfast Club.
September 25, 2015
Douglas Tirola's doc about the satirical bible's rise and fall is fascinating, funny, smart, juvenile, tragic, and likely to offend just about everyone. It's a must-see for anyone who cares about comedy.
September 25, 2015
It's an engaging and entertaining film, filled with funny anecdotes expertly related.
September 24, 2015
The film is uproarious, not for what its many talking heads say but for its astonishing procession of brilliant, boundary-breaching illustrations and captions ...
September 24, 2015
Director Douglas Tirola and his many interview subjects make a strong case for the Lampoon itself as genuinely transformative.
September 24, 2015
Douglas Tirola's upbeat doc on National Lampoon already feels essential for celebrating a hard-fought moment of American comic subversion.
September 24, 2015
Worth watching if only for the wonderful clips from the various "Lampoon" stage shows, and an almost endless parade of covers and comic strips.
September 22, 2015
Energetic, laugh-stuffed and very colorful.
September 22, 2015
It's dispiriting that a film about a humor magazine that broke and rebuilt the forms of both humor and magazines is itself so staid - and so lacking in sociologic sweep.
February 10, 2015
A generous and briskly entertaining look at the American humor magazine's legacy.