Shakes the Clown - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Shakes the Clown Reviews

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Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The movie plays like a series of scene outlines -- ideas for how the movie should progress -- that needed more writing and revision before the actors were called in.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
May 22, 2008
Basically a redneck drive-in movie in style and delivery.
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
December 17, 2002
Shake this one back into the film can and let it rot there.
| Original Score: 1/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
November 18, 2016
Bobcat Goldthwait's first (and worst) cinematic outing...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Randy Shulman
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
November 4, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
August 18, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
July 4, 2003
The tagline is true - and so are the rumors.
| Original Score: 2/5
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
It's weird, but it's not really funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
January 12, 2006
Great idea for a tasteless short, but not enough for a feature.
| Original Score: 2/5
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
February 13, 2003
A must-see for clown haters.
| Original Score: 2/5
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Shakes the Clown is sick but whether it's a joke is a matter of taste. And this film is about as tasteless as they come.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Emanuel Levy
July 28, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5

TV Guide
May 22, 2008
A bizarre comedy that stretches its central gimmick thinner than watered-down carnival taffy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 3, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
March 15, 2008
Extra credit for beating up mimes!
| Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
July 28, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
June 5, 2016
Clearly achieves what Goldthwait wanted it to, and the unapologetic bluntness of it is itself worthy of praise, however awkward and squeamish.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
February 4, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Brian Mckay
March 21, 2003
Sporadically, but hilariously, funny. Goldthwait is great as the alcoholic, mime-hatin' clown.
| Original Score: 3/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
April 21, 2003
When it works, it's uniquely funny. When it doesn't, it's uniquely bad.
| Original Score: 3/5
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