The Amazing Johnathan Documentary Reviews

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 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.
January 26, 2019
We learn that "everything in this film is strictly based on the available facts." If you appreciate the passive aggression of that deceptively mild "available," this is definitely the movie for you.
January 25, 2019
Likely to inspire heated arguments about the ethics of nonfiction film, the diverting but not really satisfying pic makes weak lemonade from lemons that might have yielded something tastier.
January 25, 2019
Berman eventually does prove to be rather resourceful, pulling off a coup that surprises even Johnathan in the end - and that's no easy trick.