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 6, 2017
The plot is forced and flimsy, the characters are thinly conceived, and the comic writing is often cringeworthy.
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 3, 2017
Combustible chemistry is squandered for stale and clich plot developments.
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
While Jackie harbors plenty of rage, The Comedian is ultimately too heavy on the bull.
February 3, 2017
The movie never builds enough momentum, emotional or narrative, to get the viewer on its side.
February 3, 2017
If you've seen the trailer, you've pretty much seen the whole movie.
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
What's more painful than watching a comedian bomb onstage in a live performance? Watching one of the greatest actors of all time bomb playing a comedian who is shockingly unfunny onstage, and an offensive boor offstage.
February 2, 2017
There's a big problem at the center of "The Comedian": It's not funny. At all.
February 2, 2017
Why did Mr. De Niro do it, and why would anyone pay money to see it?
February 2, 2017
Director Taylor Hackford pitches this film as a drama with comic moments, but De Niro is too loud and overbearing to be funny.
February 2, 2017
There have been several striking films about the world of comedy. Robert De Niro was even in one of them...and Mike Birbiglia's sharply observed Don't Think Twice from last year is well worth seeking out. Unfortunately, The Comedian is not one of them.
February 2, 2017
Interesting character study and heartfelt love letter to New York City and the camaraderie among its comedians.
February 2, 2017
If this is the king of comedy, it's time for a coup.
February 2, 2017
A career nadir for director Taylor Hackford.
February 2, 2017
Although it hints at the unhappiness - and, occasionally, outright hostility - that underlie humor, "The Comedian" never really seems all that interested in probing the comic's psychological wounds.
February 2, 2017
A film so low in energy that it's almost as if it was made to assist airline passengers in falling asleep.
February 2, 2017
Everyone in "The Comedian" deserves a better movie than "The Comedian."
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