Patton Oswalt: Annihilation Reviews

July 10, 2019
Deeply poignant and utterly breathtaking, it made me cry and laugh - sometimes simultaneously - delving into emotions rarely laid bare on such a public stage.
July 9, 2019
Patton Oswalt goes back to work in this brutally funny instant-classic stand-up special, 18 months after the sudden death of his wife, true-crime writer Michelle McNamara.
July 9, 2019
That subject matter doesn't exactly scream "stand-up special", but out of his devastating loss, Oswalt managed to craft something funny and profound.
July 9, 2019
Annihilation is one of the most extraordinary examples of finding humor in the face of tragedy in recent memory.
December 20, 2017
Through Annihilation, Oswalt finds catharsis. As he remembers his late wife's philosophy and shares it with us: "It's chaos. Be kind."
October 26, 2017
Annihilation is courageous most as evidence of a master comedian choosing to continue to think, even when thought is the enemy.
October 26, 2017
To watch [Patton Oswalt] wrestle boldly with the emotions of that experience and the aftermath of it, while still finding those pockets of joy and strange humor, is affirming and beautiful.
October 26, 2017
Annihilation is a heart-wrenching examination of loss, of stability, and of attempting to simply keep everything together when your whole world is falling apart.
October 26, 2017
There aren't many stand-up comics with the courage to take audiences into the depths of some dark emotions and and still bring them back laughing.
October 23, 2017
"It's chaos, be kind" is how Oswalt closes the special, a perfect motto for both this highly specific story and whoever might be listening. It's not exactly revolutionary, but that's what makes it so profound.
October 19, 2017
Oswalt's strength is storytelling and here he weaves in and out of bits about DNA testing, witnessing a fight, and robocalls to give the special some levity.
October 17, 2017
It's a beautiful tonal balancing act for an artist to even attempt an anecdote that both makes you laugh and cry, but Oswalt does it simply by being a talented, natural speaker.
October 17, 2017
Annihilation isn't a call for sympathy, it's a plea for empathy.