The Comedian Reviews

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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.
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 8, 2017
An erratic yet entertaining comedy/drama...
February 7, 2017
...a profane but lighthearted look at a comedian who has seen better days that is more funny than serious. De Niro presents himself as a good standup, bolstered by Leslie Mann's appealing performance.
February 4, 2017
Stellar cast elevates "The Comedian."
February 4, 2017
The Comedian benefits from the nice rapport between De Niro and Mann, the contributions of a knockout supporting cast, and hard-edged humor that isn't afraid to go for the low blow.
February 3, 2017
Inconsequential but insightful drama about funny people.
February 3, 2017
The Comedian is De Niro's The Entertainer. Watch the great actor rage, Don Rickles-style, amazing supporting cast.
February 3, 2017
Interesting, irreverent comedy has lots of racy humor.
February 3, 2017
The Comedian is uneven and not nearly as funny as it should be. It still skewers both our PC age and our lust for viral video fame.
February 3, 2017
They say misery loves company, but if the unseemly characters in Taylor Hackford's latest feature are any indication, it also breeds comedy.
February 2, 2017
The greatest acting challenge in this movie is pretending Jackie is funny.
February 2, 2017
The film benefits from solid acting from the large supporting cast, but it stands on De Niro's caustically comedic turn. After where he's been lately, it's good to see him back.
February 2, 2017
Thanks to its talented cast, it sidesteps most of the maudlin traps implied by its premise.
February 2, 2017
I wish THE COMEDIAN were more focused. As it ponders issues of ageism and talent in the age of social media and viral videos, it may never gel, but it does resound.
February 2, 2017
Interesting character study and heartfelt love letter to New York City and the camaraderie among its comedians.
February 2, 2017
The stand-up routines - from Jackie and the pros alike - are funny and blue enough to shock a few laughs out of you, sometimes in spite of your better judgment, and the star seems once again genuinely invested in creating a character.
February 1, 2017
Robert De Niro and Leslie Mann's time together is weirdly charming, recalling the tit-for-tat banter between Michelle Pfeiffer and Al Pacino in Garry Marshall's Frankie and Johnny.
February 1, 2017
This isn't to say De Niro can't be funny. But file The Comedian next to Dirty Grandpa for career lows from the man who was once considered America's greatest actor.
February 1, 2017
What's most surprising about The Comedian is how funny Robert De Niro is -- and not in a corny Meet The Parents sort of way.
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