When Comedy Went to School Reviews

October 11, 2013
One minute it's about the comedians, the next it's about the Catskills guest experience, the next about the Jewish immigrant experience and Jewish theatre, and the next about indefatigable Jewish humor itself.
October 10, 2013
Will do little to crystallize the convoluted picture of how the Catskills had a lasting impact on comedy.
October 10, 2013
Shapeless and generic.
October 3, 2013
If you can overlook [the] unfortunate stuff, and a cornball windup, what's left is fascinating and funny.
September 19, 2013
It answers that age-old question: What happens when a can't-miss subject gets missed?
August 16, 2013
This engaging documentary about Jewish-American comedians pays homage to the Borscht Belt masters of disrespect who brought their tumultuous, irreverent clowning into the American mainstream during the early days of network television.
August 15, 2013
For a disorganized film that has trouble deciding what it's about, "When Comedy Went to School" can be a lot of fun.
August 2, 2013
Superficial and hokey yet still oddly endearing ...
August 1, 2013
Ron Frank and Melvut Akkaya's documentary suffers from an approach by turns scattershot and schmaltzy.
August 1, 2013
The archival footage is rich. The interviews - with Jerry Lewis, Sid Caesar, Jackie Mason, Mort Sahl, Jerry Stiller and others - are saucy and spirited, and the history is terrific.
August 1, 2013
It's the squarest of square love letters, and it plays like one of those bland, slick History Channel specials.
July 31, 2013
Fortunately for the filmmakers, most of the comedians interviewed here - Jerry Stiller, Jackie Mason, Jerry Lewis and many other (mostly male) voices - provide lighthearted remembrances to elevate this poorly executed documentary.
Top Critic
July 30, 2013
[A] charming but skin-deep documentary ...
July 30, 2013
What's missing is the onstage archival footage that would show us why this humor mattered in the first place-there are only a handful of five-second snippets.
July 30, 2013
By no means a great documentary, but it's a very entertaining one, mostly because of the entertainers it spotlights - the generations who passed through the Catskills, learned their craft and went on to create modern American humor.
July 29, 2013
This enchanting documentary on the rise, fall, and small-scale rebirth of the Catskills has something of a fairy tale quality.