The Comedian Reviews

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February 9, 2017
A fetid, overlong drama laden with bizarre subplots and an inexplicably star-studded supporting cast, built around the dated idea that standup comedians can, indeed, be jerks.
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 6, 2017
The plot is forced and flimsy, the characters are thinly conceived, and the comic writing is often cringeworthy.
February 5, 2017
There's not much to laugh at in 'The Comedian.'
February 4, 2017
Stellar cast elevates "The Comedian."
February 4, 2017
Certainly someone somewhere probably anticipated a notable performance from the regularly distinguished Robert De Niro, as aging Jackie Burke, a mean-spirited standup comic with heart to match.
February 4, 2017
Well cast and acted, but this guy is no laughing matter and who really wants to spend time with him even IF he's played by Robert De Niro?
February 4, 2017
This is a film that reaches its emotional climax among a crowd of senior citizens at a nursing home singing a rousing song about the difficulty of bowel movements.
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
Combustible chemistry is squandered for stale and clich plot developments.
February 3, 2017
If only there had been better comics in the writing room. The drama, meanwhile, is as unconvincing as the comedy.
February 3, 2017
Hackford trots out a series of familiar, in some cases faded, faces from the past... but the effect is disheartening, like being trapped inside a mediocre Friars Club Roast.
February 3, 2017
The Comedian is ruined by the misunderstanding that snark and hatred - the anger felt by those who can't get over Hillary Clinton's defeat - amount to wit and wisdom and, thus, are justified.
February 3, 2017
Shrill, repellent comedy-drama.
February 3, 2017
There are very few surprises, pleasant or otherwise, in the film's interminable two-hour running time.
February 3, 2017
Inconsequential but insightful drama about funny people.
February 3, 2017
In the third act, the film really falls apart with two incredible downers, officially rendering the entire project atonal.
February 3, 2017
Despite some big laughs, it becomes overloaded with quirks and contrivances, especially among its subplots and periphery characters.
February 3, 2017
The Comedian is De Niro's The Entertainer. Watch the great actor rage, Don Rickles-style, amazing supporting cast.
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