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Punching the Clown Reviews

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Richard Brody
New Yorker
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.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
October 30, 2010
Familiar show-business satire is enlivened by genuinely witty, off-kilter humor.
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Mike Hale
New York Times
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
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
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
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
October 21, 2010
A partly biographical, drolly fabricated comedy.
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Eric Hynes
Time Out
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