Very Semi-Serious


Very Semi-Serious (2015)


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An offbeat meditation on humor, art and the genius of the single panel. The film takes an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at the New Yorker and introduces the cartooning legends and hopefuls who create the iconic cartoons that have inspired, baffled - and occasionally pissed off - all of us for decades.

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All Critics (17) | Top Critics (8)

Some of the best material in the film takes us out of the New Yorker offices and into the lives of the old-timers and the newcomers.

Dec 10, 2015 | Full Review…

Bouncing briskly between an intimate look at the magazine's cartoon editor, Bob Mankoff, and profiles of prominent cartoonists (Roz Chast is the first woman to show up, 20 minutes in), the movie covers a lot.

Nov 19, 2015 | Full Review…

With more than a hint of the magazine's trademark insouciance, the film gives us a close look at how the selection process works and introduces us a to a handful of younger artists, as well as such stalwarts as George Booth and Roz Chast.

Nov 19, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Warm and frequently hilarious.

Nov 16, 2015 | Full Review…

Buzzing attentively but not exclusively around cartoon editor Bob Mankoff, director Leah Wolchok strikes a pleasing balance between office minutiae and comic greatest hits.

Nov 16, 2015 | Full Review…

It gets a bit lost in the weeds.

Nov 16, 2015 | Full Review…
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