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Punching the Clown Reviews

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October 22, 2010
[If it] isn't entirely successful, it's partly because the music -- late-night satire swathed in gentle folkie chords -- and Mr. Phillips's modest but knowing manner don't quite match up with the "Star Is Born" clichés of the plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 20, 2010
The fickleness and absurdity of life in L.A.'s entertainment industry has been skewered more effectively in a number of other movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 20, 2010
A surprisingly warm variation on an often venal tale, Henry Phillips's pseudo-autobiography affectionately reflects, rather than coldly lampoons, the life of a stand-up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 24, 2010
Punching the Clown can be too cute, but it's a quietly sad portrait of just barely getting by.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 21, 2010
A partly biographical, drolly fabricated comedy.
October 21, 2010
The film is an amiable, self-mocking satire about L.A.'s vacuous showbiz types.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 8, 2010
The comic folksinger Henry Phillips stars in this wry, poignant, smartly satirical comedy as himself, and puts himself into uneasy situations in which he doesn't always come out as the hero.
October 16, 2010
Boasting a fabulously flamboyant script by co-conspirator serial loon Phillips and director Viens and salacious serenading rudely dissing the FCC's naughty word police, this is no-budget hardcore standup comic cinema at its most irreverently outrageous.
October 22, 2010
Punching the Clown is welcome proof that there remains at least one industry in which the US can compete with New Zealand: the parody folk-song business.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 22, 2010
The result is a shaggy rise-and-fall story that is deceptively well-wrought, playing at times like an extremely hip, deep-access concert film.
October 21, 2010
In the spirit of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "Flight of the Conchords" but much funnier.
October 25, 2010
A quiet jewel of smart, unexpected laughs...as old vaudevillians would say, "It's funny because it's true."
October 30, 2010
Familiar show-business satire is enlivened by genuinely witty, off-kilter humor.
November 8, 2010
Every aspiring performer will appreciate Gregori Viens' unassuming comedy, which cheerfully skewers industry pretensions and media-fueled trends.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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