Entertainment Reviews

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November 13, 2015
The Comedian is an ugly man with an ugly soul, and an ugly sense of comedy that at one point literally includes making fart noises for 90 full seconds as he pretends to gun down his silent audience with a soccer trophy.
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.
November 12, 2015
Entertainment offers some genuine insight into its subject matter. Coupled with an astonishing central performance, it is a work that continually fascinates.
November 12, 2015
It's a downward spiral that's painful to watch, more pathetic than funny.
November 12, 2015
Entertainment isn't an easy film to endure, but it is enchantingly noxious. We can't look away.
Top Critic
November 12, 2015
It's a portrait of the comedy tour as odyssey of madness, a plummet into the abyss.
November 11, 2015
Equally successful as a cult comedy and a non-lethal crowd dispersal weapon.
November 11, 2015
Unlike The Comedy, which was grounded in a recognizable reality, Entertainment is a more surreal and alien construction, its disintegrating hero shambling through awkward encounters on an endless tour of bars and diners.
November 11, 2015
It is devastating, and beautiful: a sad indictment of a society filled with alienated individuals trying and failing to connect with each other; and a very pure audio-visual cinematic experience that asks to be felt rather than intellectualised.
November 11, 2015
We're asked to see Hamburger/The Comedian as a true, uncompromising artist, who not only won't sell out but won't budge from what he sees as his shtick.
November 11, 2015
[Gregg Turkington gives] a magnetic lead turn that, like the rest of the provocative action, is designed to repulse.
November 11, 2015
The misanthropic comedy, which is mostly a turn-off, might best be appreciated by a cult audience that thrives on originality to counter its familiar trope.
November 10, 2015
You know the way you can walk out after even a thoughtful, accomplished drama - and then never think of it again? Entertainment will stain you, grub you up, maybe ruin your week.
November 9, 2015
Entertainment completely owns the mundane, and gives it a new name.
November 9, 2015
[Entertainment] offers a fascinating look at the tension between personal aspirations and the harsh realities holding them back.
November 9, 2015
The film is both jagged and suave, like an orchestrated concept album by a garage band.
November 7, 2015
Entertainment this is not. Strictly for a cult audience.
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