The Comedian Reviews

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May 1, 2020
It plays it safe and the end results are astonishingly mediocre.
January 15, 2020
This script, penned by producer Art Linson and professional insult comedian Jeff Ross, is a stinker for the ages.
November 3, 2018
An overstuffed character study that wastes the talented cast in a film that feels like it is several movies fighting with each other.
August 24, 2018
This "comedy" made me sad for these stars and angry for them too. The film will never achieve guilty pleasure status because it isn't just repugnant, it's boring and there is nothing to care about.
August 23, 2018
So many films have been made by real comedians about the inner workings of the life of a stand-up comic, but this film stands out because "The Comedian" in question simply is not one. Some just have "it," and De Niro does not.
December 28, 2017
[Robert] De Niro is fine in the role, but every time he opens his mouth on stage to make a joke, he's just not funny.
December 19, 2017
The ending isn't as happy, bittersweet, or funny, as it's supposed to be. It's as if the writers had lost interest when the jokes stopped inventing themselves, and frankly, the audience will too.
December 19, 2017
There's the set-up here for something dark and exploratory, but we don't need another witless movie that could have been secretly penned by Adam Sandler.
November 12, 2017
Robert De Niro on autopilot.
November 5, 2017
The Comedian may flounder a bit on stage, but it won't get yanked off by a giant cane.
September 18, 2017
If The Comedian is supposed to have any particular theme, it's hard to tell what.
September 11, 2017
The Comedian is more successful than not; there are enough laugh-out-loud jokes to keep it going, but they're interspersed with a lot of material that's questionable.
August 23, 2017
Robert De Niro has made another movie that probably will disappoint those of us who've been waiting for a great, latter-day return to form from an actor whose recent choices sometimes feel like a betrayal of his talent.
June 15, 2017
Alas, "The Comedian" comes off as a misguided, ego-ridden vanity production that should've stayed in the bottom of someone's discarded-screenplay drawer.
February 27, 2017
Under Hackford's direction, what could have been a personal portraiture of success being relative to one's own sense of self-worth is surrendered to tawdry melodrama.
February 17, 2017
Hackford's never been much good at pacing, and the film sort of sloshes from one scene to the next, which calls greater attention to its considerable flab - it's full of full scenes and subplots that could disappear without any real damage.
February 16, 2017
The movie evinces no understanding of the trends it attempts to satirize (viral videos, reality television, self-absorbed millennials), nor -- and this is fatal -- does it present any evidence that De Niro's vulgar Jackie Burke is actually funny.
February 13, 2017
A curiously likable misfire, lumbering back and forth between a gritty, downbeat seventies character study and a slick, eighties-style showbiz comeback comedy.
February 11, 2017
...The Comedian, like Jackie Burke at the center, isn't nearly fresh, interesting, surprising or dynamic enough to work, despite its occasional high points.
February 9, 2017
What should have been fertile ground for a movie -- what it's like when you're a star famous for something that happened decades ago -- contains less insight on the subject in two hours than any single episode of Netflix's Bojack Horseman.
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