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Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 20, 2006
Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World is a bit like hunting for laughs in your more recent Albert Brooks movies -- you kind of wonder if there are such things.
| Original Score: 2/5
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
January 20, 2006
This should have been an episode of "Curb Your Enthusiasm." Larry David would spark nuclear conflict.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 20, 2006
There are stretches when one has the sense that we're looking for comedy in Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
January 20, 2006
You're likely to still be searching for laughs when the credits roll.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
January 20, 2006
... the movie is a fatally benign effort to jolly us out of the post-9/11 blues while studiously avoiding giving offense in Dubai.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 19, 2006
The comic results rarely rise above the diffident, although there is one inspired sight gag involving the Taj Mahal.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
February 11, 2006
I think this thing is just flat and dead.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
December 23, 2005
Dumped by its original distributor because of its title, Albert Brooks's Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World should, instead, have been ditched for not being very funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
February 11, 2006
A comedian should never attempt to be a diplomat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 20, 2006
This Albert is tired and burnt-out. He drags along as if he has the flu. He still fusses and nitpicks, but the life has gone out of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Willie Waffle
WaffleMovies.com
January 19, 2006
Brooks often acts like he just woke up from a midday nap.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 20, 2006
There are a few softballs lobbed at the bureaucracy of the U.S. Government and Indian outsourced support hotlines, but the film is only intermittently funny. Very intermittently.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
August 29, 2006
Despite the potential for disaster Brooks sets up with the title, the movie is relatively harmless. It's just so very harmless that it doesn't make much of an impression.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
January 19, 2006
The comic patronizes his Indian audience and sells himself short at the same time.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
January 19, 2006
Before Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World, perhaps Brooks could find some jokes that work over here.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 19, 2006
You have to give the man credit. Brooks is willing to try anything. A lengthy routine about a botched audience-participation improvisation is as conceptually stunning as any of Andy Kaufman's flights of weirdness. But narratively it stops the movie dead.
| Original Score: C+
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
January 19, 2006
Albert Brooks takes his anxious, cerebral act on the road, to India and Pakistan. There's great satiric potential, but most of it is squandered after a hilarious opening.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
January 20, 2006
This is by far the most embarrassing of [Albert Brooks'] seven movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
January 20, 2006
Looking for Comedy may offend some, but compared to what you might have expected, it's powder- puff stuff, a wan journey that discovers virtually nothing about the Muslim world or anything else, really.
| Original Score: C
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
February 23, 2006
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
February 3, 2007
Ken Eisner
Georgia Straight
February 11, 2006
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 12, 2006
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 11, 2006
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