Entertainment Reviews

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 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
It's a downward spiral that's painful to watch, more pathetic than funny.
Top Critic
November 12, 2015
It's a portrait of the comedy tour as odyssey of madness, a plummet into the abyss.
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.
October 26, 2015
Despite its apparently sincere identification with its protagonist, Entertainment feels like a sick joke.
March 18, 2015
It's what new films ought to strive for: to strike back against the familiar.
January 24, 2015
Alverson's fourth feature is singular stuff, and it reconfirms the director as one of the truly bold voices in the all-too-homogenous U.S. indie film scene.
January 24, 2015
As a vehicle for Turkington, Entertainment is quite strong.