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Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World Reviews

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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
February 3, 2007
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
November 27, 2006
Looking for Comedy succeeds smashingly both as a comedy and as a savvy deconstruction of comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
October 7, 2006
The movie has a perversely unifying effect: Muslims, Christians and Jews may not be able to agree on exactly who the heck Jesus is, but they're fully capable of bonding in boredom.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 12, 2006
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 11, 2006
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
February 11, 2006
I think this thing is just flat and dead.
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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
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 11, 2006
I like all of Brooks's features, which are brilliantly conceptualized and deftly executed. This one's no exception, and some of the laughs are genuinely cathartic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 20, 2006
For all its silliness, Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World is also a work of integrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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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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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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
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
January 20, 2006
Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World doesn't.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
January 20, 2006
I'm always suspicious of a Hollywood movie offering moral lessons, but Looking for Comedy ... offers a useful one: The whole world needs to learn to laugh at itself more.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
January 20, 2006
There are funny ideas laced throughout, but they are rarely fleshed out into something more than a spasm of whimsy.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 20, 2006
Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World doesn't conclude so much as just stop, because Brooks, having come up with a great hook for a movie, didn't bother to come up with a satisfying story to go along with it.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
January 20, 2006
Looking for Comedy is more depressing than funny, whether taken seriously as a comment on the failure of cross-cultural communication or as a measure of Brooks's enervated muse.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 20, 2006
Whatever you're looking for in a movie -- depth, empathy, enlightenment or just plain yuks -- look elsewhere.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
January 20, 2006
Brooks' film strains to be funny and the strain translates to any language or creed.
| Original Score: 2/4
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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
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
January 20, 2006
You're likely to still be searching for laughs when the credits roll.
| Original Score: 2/4
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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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Claudia Puig
USA Today
January 19, 2006
Anyone who can mine so many laughs from the world in which we live since 9/11 deserves applause.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 19, 2006
'Deadpan' is a hard concept to translate -- even when everybody's speaking the same language.
| Original Score: 3/4
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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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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 19, 2006
Brooks is a master of ingratiating comic self-deprecation. He has a magical ability to make his foibles endearing without letting his character off the hook. Call him the Schnooky American.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
January 19, 2006
Though his typically clueless on-screen persona learns very little about comedy or Muslims, Brooks the filmmaker makes the underlying point that true understanding is achieved through observation and empathy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
January 19, 2006
A reasonably amusing effort that manages to poke fun at Brooks' neuroses and governmental blundering with equal skill.
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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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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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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
January 19, 2006
Brooks's flop sweat is funny, but a little goes a long way, and we get more than a little here.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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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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January 19, 2006
All this, to spoof a petty little Hollywood ego? Too inside.
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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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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 19, 2006
I liked the movie. I smiled a lot. It maintained its tone in the face of bountiful temptations to get easy laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 18, 2006
The movie isn't racist; it's just lame.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
January 17, 2006
Brooks plays a character so self-absorbed he visits the Taj Mahal and manages not to notice it. As the film ends, who can fail to appreciate the care with which he steps on his own apocalyptic punchline? That's the joke.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
January 11, 2006
That's Brooks' comic gift: He knows how to make a laugh stick in your throat.
| Original Score: 2.5/4