The Comedy Reviews

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June 29, 2019
After spending 90 minutes with characters like Swanson and his friends, no one will want to resemble them in any way whatsoever. That alone makes The Comedy a success.
March 1, 2019
If you live in certain trendy neighborhoods in certain cities, you may recognize something genuine in Alverson's characters as depicted in The Comedy. But what then?
January 19, 2018
A searing study of an aging hipster who encapsulates the misanthropy popular culture's notion of what it means to be funny.
April 13, 2016
For something titled The Comedy, this movie isn't funny. Or charming, likable, enjoyable, or any other adjectives you would find splashed on a poster.
November 25, 2013
As a portrait of a generation that's almost collectively sociopathic, this is frightening. For the right audience it's also damn funny. If I wasn't so emotionally stunted and able to enjoy things unironically I'd say I loved it.
June 28, 2013
While this could have been the perfect portrait of a certain kind of idiot, the baroque cruelties and tonal monotony go too far.
April 1, 2013
An essential portrait of a generation of people laughing so hard that they've forgotten the joke is on them.
January 24, 2013
This is a lacerating portrait of the sort of narcissistic self-loathing that has kept educated, economically comfortable young people from achieving their true potential, from Benjamin Braddock to Hannah Horvath.
January 24, 2013
Champions what it appears to mock and indicts what it appears to glorify.
December 6, 2012
The longest and dreariest 94 minutes I've spent on a movie this year.
December 6, 2012
None of this is necessarily funny. That's the extent of the irony here.
December 6, 2012
[A] relentlessly aimless, abrasive stab at black humor.
November 30, 2012
All this is credible enough until Swanson exits the airtight bubble of his peers to bully New York City at large.
November 29, 2012
The joke, I guess, is that there's nothing funny about "The Comedy."
November 22, 2012
A mean-spirited piece of mumblecore that tries to provoke you, but only succeeds in boring you.
November 22, 2012
Pushing the boundaries of taste isn't necessarily a bad thing, but the film is so busy daring its audience to hurl insults that it forgets to simply be funny.
November 21, 2012
A billion times better than Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie.
November 16, 2012
A character study that tries to make the revolting compelling.
November 15, 2012
If you can discern any critical distance or interesting perspective here, or even a good reason to spend 90 minutes in such company, I'm afraid the joke is on you.
November 15, 2012
The movie may critique its antihero, but it also offers just one more venue in which he's allowed to wallow - while we pay his way.
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