The Jerk Reviews

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July 19, 2019
Carl Reiner, who has made his own contributions to comedy with Sid Caesar, Mel Brooks and Dick Van Dyke, does little to set a mood or rhythm or even an aura of good feeling that will carry audiences over the slow spots.
April 12, 2019
It's just a strange little movie.
December 22, 2018
Basically a series of skits that are barely tethered to a plot, this works better than expected, thanks primarily to Martin's infectious performance.
June 8, 2018
Bernadette Peters...nearly steals the show from Martin's over-the-top antics. It's sweet, and funny, and includes one of the most quotable exit lines in film history.
April 24, 2018
Within ts limitations, The Jerk is a capably produced entertainment, seasoned by deft bit performances from several actors...
December 12, 2012
An oddball odyssey so strange, filled with non-sequiturs so funny, and decorated by a romance so sweet, it was an inevitable star-maker.
February 13, 2010
92 minutes of direct and sweet surrealism
February 2, 2009
Its humor is successful and unsuccessful by turns, and although Comedian Carl Reiner is the director, the instinct here is to give most of both credit and blame to Martin.
February 2, 2009
February 2, 2009
An artless, non-stop barrage of off-the-wall situations, funny and unfunny jokes, generally effective and sometimes hilarious sight gags and bawdy non sequiturs.
February 2, 2009
If only he could have satisfied himself with this area of expertise, people would still talk of Steve Martin as one of the kings of comic cinema.
February 18, 2007
June 24, 2006
The comedy runs out of steam when the jerk makes good, but laugh for laugh it's probably a better investment than 10.
April 6, 2006
The whole thing is uneven and slight, but the highlight moments guilty-pleasure us with the sort of stupid-funny that's 'LOL' quotable afterward.
January 25, 2006
Steve Martin is at the height of his comic powers in this very un-PC comedy.
July 31, 2005
While The Jerk is an extremely episodic little movie, that's a malady easily forgiven -- simply because the episodes are so damn funny.
July 5, 2005
We get the sense at times that the cast and crew arrived at a location, found the script bankrupt of real laughs, and started looking around for funny props.
June 18, 2005
May 9, 2005
The laughs aren't steady, but they're persistent, and the film moves fast enough to compensate for its unevenness.
February 6, 2005
Martin's one-liners are pretty funny, very dry, and awfully quotable.
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