The Last Laugh Reviews

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.
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 16, 2017
At times haphazard but always involving ...
March 9, 2017
Ferne Pearlstein's The Last Laugh is a rather safe and genteel documentary about the limits of humor (especially as they pertain to the Holocaust), but it opens with a subtly provocative sequence of events that's hard to shake.
March 9, 2017
What's fascinating is the difference in perspectives.
March 3, 2017
[An] insightfully open-ended inquiry into the role of humor as it relates to unspeakable tragedy.
March 3, 2017
There are a lot of fascinating flashes.
February 27, 2017
That there's a big difference between Nazi jokes and Holocaust jokes is one of the insights gleaned from Ferne Pearlstein's documentary concerning taboos in comedy, especially those concerning that generally forbidden topic.
May 19, 2016
The mix of levity, serious themes, marquee names and archival materials in Ferne Pearlstein's entertaining, thought-provoking documentary should find primarily broadcast buyers in numerous markets.
April 25, 2016
Some will be disappointed by the lack of firm conclusions in this film, but if it reveals anything, it's the intensely personal nature of what people find funny.