The Amazing Johnathan Documentary Reviews

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August 20, 2019
I think people's mileage with this documentary will depend on how charming you think Benjamin Berman is... I didn't find him incredibly charming.
August 16, 2019
"The Amazing Johnathan Documentary" is ostensibly about a comic and is often very funny. There are snatches out of the Amazing Johnathan archive and repertoire, which includes gross-out gags and no small amount of meta magic.
August 16, 2019
Pretends to be about the famous celebrity in the title but instead focuses on the far less interesting non-celebrity sharing the screen.
August 16, 2019
It's not until Berman dives deeper, questioning his motivations to pursue the subject matter and testing the ethical limits of narrative nonfiction, that his doc makes a persuasive case for existing.
August 15, 2019
Watching Berman persist is fascinating, embarrassing and undignified, like a politician on "Dancing With the Stars." Why, I wondered, is he doing this?
August 15, 2019
A deeper dive into Szeles' ostensibly complex psychological makeup might have given the movie more heft, though Szeles, magician that he is, clearly remains more about the illusion than the reveal.
August 21, 2019
It's funny that Berman worried so much about there being too many docs being made about Szeles since he wound up basically making two in one. And both of them are exceptional.
August 19, 2019
Your BS detector may go off early, but it's still a funny and fascinating portrait of a guy who used to be on top and is trying to recapture some of that glory, even though he's on death's door.
August 16, 2019
One of the most fascinating portraits of the human condition and the power of manipulation.
August 16, 2019
...the result is an engrossing, unsettling, thoroughly messy film...
August 16, 2019
"The Amazing Johnathan Documentary" ultimately has a lot to say, mainly when the focus moves away from Johnathan himself and centers on director Benjamin Berman.
August 16, 2019
With his nothing-to-lose attitude, [Johnathan] is a perfect subject for this stranger-than-fiction doc that is equal parts fascinating and odd.
August 15, 2019
Whether you end up agreeing with Berman's filmmaking techniques or not, he ends up making something wholly unique.
August 13, 2019
Like The Amazing Johnathan's act, it's a funny, trippy, lively bit of sleight of hand that can often make you feel like you're seeing something extraordinary, even if it's just some prankster fucking with you.
June 19, 2019
The Amazing Johnathan Documentary is ingeniously constructed, a hilarious thrill ride and the underdog story of the year.
June 15, 2019
The unconventional The Amazing Johnathan Documentary could also be titled The Filmmaker's Nightmare.
March 5, 2019
An eccentric, wild and gripping goose chase of a film, all the jesters at the center of Jonathan Documentary are fascinating.
February 1, 2019
[Berman's] exploration into Johnathan's soul and his own also goes down some dark allieys, and cuts to the heart (no pun intended) of what makes a documentary.
January 29, 2019
Once the whole thing is wrapped up, the totality of the meta, fourth-wall breaking on display couldn't be more thorough.
January 29, 2019
While the film's subject may be wily by profession, Berman does him justice by showing how sleight of hand can ultimately reveal the whole person, especially when he does it so entertainingly well.
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