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Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story Reviews

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August 23, 2017
Films where you suddenly hear yourself laughing, where you leave the theatre a little weakened by the violence of your own hilarity, are extremely rare.
November 7, 2012
Stands alongside -- if not above -- Adaptation as one of the best films about the process.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 22, 2011
A typically rambling, freewheeling effort from Michael Winterbottom...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 6, 2010
Director Michael Winterbottom may not have proved that you can film this unfilmable book, but he definitely proved he can film a funny movie about trying to film it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 30, 2009
Coogan and Brydon make a beautiful squabbling couple
February 28, 2008
Equal parts literature and lunacy.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
July 10, 2007
For those who can appreciate the movie's ironic, self-referential nature, this is a thoroughly engaging, near-brilliant comedy.
April 8, 2007
If you go into this movie expecting a traditional narrative tale, you may get discouraged. You have to throw away your expectations and sit back and wait to see what happens ... if anything.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.25/5
December 30, 2006
If you ever enjoyed an English comedy show on the telly and you're ready for a laugh, you're going to love this. Don't worry if you haven't the faintest idea what it's about. No one else does either.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 30, 2006
A successful mix of literary adaptation, meta-fictional discourse and inside-showbiz comedy. Both funny and clever.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 20, 2006
[O]ne of the cleverest deconstructions and modernizations of a work of classic literature cinema has ever achieved...
November 11, 2006
...Preposterously funny, perpetually inventive, implausibly successful...
June 21, 2006
Adventurous, ambitious and downright quirky, this will appeal to those who revel in more than a little bite in their humour.
June 5, 2006
un film dont on se délecte autant pour la redoutable intelligence de son récit et le côté fêlé de sa structure narrative que pour son humour aussi mordant que désopilant
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
May 12, 2006
The film is complex and droll--always amusing and often hilarious.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 12, 2006
Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story is a hall of mirrors that doesn't tease the brain (it's easier to watch than to read about) so much as goose it into submission.
May 3, 2006
...we see around and behind and underneath the stage, so to speak -- peering into the intertwined lives of the people who are caught up in the maelstrom of an untenable subject for film adaptation.
April 14, 2006
A film about a film based on a novel about writing a novel
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 11, 2006
What Winterbottom has done beautifully is distill Sterne's comic experimentation with the rules and shape of the written narrative and translate it into a lark on filmmaking form and technique.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
April 1, 2006
By all accounts, Sterne's novel is nutty and ribald and utterly defiant of conventional storytelling techniques ... hence this adaptation's wonderfully meta take.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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