The Comedy Reviews

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?
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.
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.
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 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.
November 15, 2012
It's a long, painful sit that claws at interpretational ambition, but only nails the rare moment of enlightenment, wasting 90 minutes of screentime to acquire about 15 minutes worth of substance.
November 14, 2012
The Comedy pretends to be a satire of entitlement, but it's made in a style so indulgent that the whole film feels entitled in the extreme.
November 13, 2012
[A] faux-courageous nondrama.
November 7, 2012
There's not a false note in the film, but maybe there's a difference between accuracy and truth.
November 5, 2012
The anomie of entitlement pushed to poisonous extremes is the basis of this provocation, which is as frustrating as it is intriguing.