The Last Laugh Reviews

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April 28, 2020
Director Pearlstein makes it easy on us to decide by making the film both hilarious and thought-provoking.
August 16, 2019
Renee Firestone, a Holocaust survivor now 93-years-old, captures the essence of The Last Laugh, Pearlstein's documentary on the humor coming out of the horror during World War II.
December 27, 2018
The Last Laugh doesn't have many answers. But the questions it raises are worth their own sake.
November 1, 2018
The Last Laugh is thought provoking in its analysis of both the cultural identity of the Jewish people and the anatomy of a joke.
February 3, 2018
Pearlstein asks the big questions, and sometimes the answer is a tear, sometimes a laugh, and always profound.
November 20, 2017
What upends The Last Laugh is that the scenes with Firestone, which take up a good percentage of the screen time, follow the template of scores, if not hundreds, of Holocaust-survivor documentaries.
November 20, 2017
An eye opener in every sense
November 20, 2017
In its own way, "The Last Laugh" is a celebration of Jewish humor, not just its importance as a survival technique, but also just how much it has shaped our culture.
November 20, 2017
Is laughter a palliative? The only weapon of the powerless? Perhaps significantly, the film ends in tears.
November 10, 2017
What makes The Last Laugh different from so many other Holocaust documentaries is that it is the first to explore the comedic perspective.
August 15, 2017
Ferne Pearlstein does well to keep the questions coming and the conversation a rich one, presenting to a wide audience the kind of kibitzing that has characterized Jewish comics.
May 9, 2017
When it floats away from its star talent, The Last Laugh becomes a viciously humane work, on a journey as vigorous as any contemplated by D.A. Pennebaker and his sort.
April 1, 2017
Part of the film's charm is in its reluctance to sit on one side of the fence, and it instead acknowledges the plurality of experiences and interpretations.
March 24, 2017
At a time when many of us look to comedy to keep us sane, the question is especially pertinent, although the answers here aren't especially penetrating.
March 23, 2017
Sit down with The Last Laugh and have the last laugh over those who committed horrors in the past, are doing so now, and will in future.
March 16, 2017
At times haphazard but always involving ...
March 13, 2017
Intriguing in that it lays out the case that we can now make jokes about the Holocaust and lets the viewers decide for themselves whether they've made the point.
March 10, 2017
It remains an enlightening conversation. And the movie is that: a conversation, not a thesis erecting an argument.
March 9, 2017
The Last Laugh is a multifaceted and extremely thought-provoking documentary about the place of comedy in contending with the Jewish genocide during WWII.
March 9, 2017
A Jew walks into a comedy club. Is it OK for her to tell a joke about the six million who died? Can she, as Gilbert Gottfried asks, put the "Hah!" in Holocaust? This is the topic of a fascinating new documentary by Ferne Pearlstein.
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