Misery Loves Comedy Reviews

November 11, 2015
It's a decent enough film for comedy buffs though there aren't a whole lot of surprises.
September 17, 2015
Do you have to be sad to be funny? You'll have to sit through a slew of micro-anecdotes and shop talk before you get any answers from this choppy documentary - longer than any decent comic would defer a punchline.
September 10, 2015
If only he had probed a bit deeper, and widened his scope beyond the predominantly white, male subjects (including our own Rob Brydon, Steve Coogan and Stephen Merchant), this could have been a fascinating film as well as a funny one.
April 30, 2015
We hear plenty of engaging anecdotes, though, taken together, they don't do much to illuminate a subject that has been thoroughly explored elsewhere ...
April 30, 2015
Are they miserable? No; everyone seems to be having a great time. Are they funny? Um, not so much.
April 30, 2015
For the most part ... this is a pretty safe discussion about a very unsafe art form. We can only imagine what's in the outtakes.
April 23, 2015
An evident labor of love and also a work of grating amateurism.
April 23, 2015
While genial and never dull, the film is all over the place, a classic example of trying to do and say too much.
April 23, 2015
While there's no single, monumental insight here-no a-ha moment that cracks the code of comedy-there are a ton of stories and opinions that comedy nerds should love.
April 23, 2015
Explaining humor is usually like boiling water - it evaporates. But the funny folks in actor Kevin Pollak's well-structured doc can actually break down what they do.
April 22, 2015
Pollak obviously had fun, but you get the feeling the best bits never made it in.
April 22, 2015
A documentary that asks many comics big questions about the dispositions of comics - but doesn't often enough put anyone off balance, the audience included.
April 18, 2015
Commingling industry shoptalk with introspective insights and wrangling testimonials, the film casts an incredibly wide net, but doesn't reveal much of anything.
April 17, 2015
What might have turned out to be a movie about comedy only for comedians is instead a funny and engaging look at the most twisted and naked branch of the entertainment world.
January 23, 2015
Whatever it might take to get these admittedly very funny people to truly bare their souls, Pollak doesn't appear to have found it.