Entertainment Reviews

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May 24, 2019
There's something powerful in Entertainment's ability to push down into the darkest depths without any hesitation.
November 3, 2018
Entertainment challenges our tolerance for comic absurdity by making it confrontational. At times, it's hard to figure out whether you should be laughing, gasping or both.
August 25, 2018
With Turkington's deft hand, Entertainment methodically deconstructs the world's shallow surfaces.
January 19, 2018
Rick Alverson's breakthrough film about a bitter, aging stand-up comedian who is a character that Nathaniel West might have conceived.
December 4, 2017
It sparks interesting discussion on what actually is funny, what should be considered funny, who to respect as far as comedians go
December 8, 2016
Though often slowly paced, Entertainment reveals itself as a remarkably dense, if not difficult film that rewards patience and a willingness to step into the anti-social mind.
March 2, 2016
Entertainment is a fully realised and extremely accomplished translation of Gregg Turkington's Neil Hamburger character to the big screen.
March 2, 2016
Alverson continues to zero in on the most brutal tendencies of contemporary comedy.
December 4, 2015
An unsparing road trip through the barrenness of American pop culture and, by extension, the human soul.
December 3, 2015
The Frankenstein-esque final scenes of Entertainment make it painfully clear: As much as we want to read them as social critique, Rick Alverson makes monster movies.
November 20, 2015
Conjures an elegant portrait of a nation lost in a surrealist slipstream, drawing on the iconography of its past and the shell of its present. It's one of the best American movies of the year.
November 19, 2015
There's a chic emptiness to "Entertainment," undoubtedly, and anti-comedy constructs that may rub the wrong way, but there's also a spiky intelligence at work too, one that engages through the artifice of disengagement and the illusion of "performance."
November 19, 2015
It is not fun, but its confrontational style yields dividends.
November 19, 2015
A daring and mainly successful black comedy about a dour and depressive comedian on a dead-end tour of California.
November 18, 2015
It's the closest emulation of a waking nightmare in an American movie in a very long time. The anxiety is generalized, but it's also as specific as Hell.
November 14, 2015
A Greek tragedy told through the vessel of a small-time comedian, Entertainment is a bleak look into a broken man swallowed-up by second-rate showbusiness.
November 13, 2015
Like Hamburger's meta-hacky comedy routine, the film confronts and challenges in order to produce something increasingly rare in American cinema: an active, engaged experience.
November 13, 2015
Weirdly compelling if student-y and unfocused ...
November 12, 2015
Get with the extreme deadpan tone and long takes, though, and the film feels as brave as it is potentially exasperating.
November 12, 2015
I left this barbed portrait of a cracking-up comic with more than a little respect for its fearless director, Rick Alverson, and his trusting star, Gregg Turkington. You can't deny that they're a match made in heaven.
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