The Bitter Buddha Reviews

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Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
May 8, 2013
Half successful standup comic Eddie Pepitone expands the screen from stage to life as he lives his part 24 hours a day.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 22, 2013
An enjoyable lighthearted watch about someone you want to root for to succeed.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 19, 2013
The film succeeds in reflecting the weird sweetness in Pepitone.
Norman Wilner
NOW Toronto
March 19, 2013
It's a solid doc.
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com
March 15, 2013
Few comics with this degree of rage have been this self-aware and comical about it. He's a fascinating blend of NYC anger and L.A. trends. He's a wannabe vegan with road rage. 'Nuff said.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5.0
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
March 13, 2013
This loving portrait of the angst-ridden comedian should well lift his profile.
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
March 9, 2013
Engaging, revealing and even a bit moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.24/10
Katie Walsh
The Playlist
March 9, 2013
This is a portrait of an interesting and endearing misanthrope, but someone who we all know lives inside of us. Eddie's just more willing to put it all out there, to express that existential angst most modern people experience.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
March 7, 2013
The film's unvarying lack of drama or direction can be wearing, but the schlubby originality of its subject fully repays the longueurs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jamie S. Rich
Oregonian
March 5, 2013
As raucous, crass and furiously delightful as the subject's stand-up comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Leydon
Variety
February 22, 2013
By turns robustly amusing and wistfully melancholy.
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
February 16, 2013
Pepitone has a caustic yet engaging personality, and the film pays tribute to its subject while capturing what makes him unique.
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
February 15, 2013
Eddie Pepitone, perhaps the funniest stand-up comedian you've never heard of, gets a deserving close-up in the amusing, freewheeling documentary "The Bitter Buddha."
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
February 14, 2013
The Bitter Buddha strains a little too hard for dramatic heft, but it's nevertheless a compelling, sweet, funny valentine to a comic's comic and a true American original.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Sherilyn Connelly
Village Voice
February 13, 2013
The Bitter Buddha is very funny, and for all its bitterness, Eddie Pepitone's comedy is a taste that's easy to acquire.
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
March 20, 2013
Forget the tears of a clown as it pertains to inner psychology of a comedian -- what about the rage of a clown? That's the principal focus of The Bitter Buddha, a doc that's too polite and removed.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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