Golden Globes: 69th Golden Globe Awards (2012)

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69th Golden Globe Awards
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Ricky Gervais reins in the venom to ill effect during the 69th Golden Globes, delivering a ceremony that is sorely lacking in caustic humor or upbeat showmanship.

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Critic Reviews for Golden Globes 69th Golden Globe Awards

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Even toned down, Gervais was still the best part of a decidely slow show. Harsher jokes could only have helped. As it was, Gervais' funniest lines were also his surliest, and came again at the expense of the press association.

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If somebody told Ricky Gervais not to offend anyone when he hosted the Golden Globes telecast Sunday night, it pretty much worked. Now if only the same memo had reminded him to still be funny.

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Ricky Gervais told everyone not to be nervous at the outset. Unfortunately, he was right: there was absolutely nothing to be nervous about. Which made it kind of boring.

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Maybe his heart wasn't in it, or maybe last year's outing was just not reproducible... Either way, Gervais spent most of the night out of his discomfort zone. Is it possible to disinvite a host for offending too few people?

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This year, the bar was set very high -- by Gervais himself, who last year killed it by trashing his own employer... And, yes, he killed again last night, proving for the third time that he is not afraid of anyone or anything.

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Maybe the third time isn't the charm. After teasing for weeks that his latest hosting gig would feature plenty of unapologetic, sharp-tongued swipes at celebrities, Ricky Gervais' opening monologue... came off as awkward and sophomoric.

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Even less interesting than usual.

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If I had switched off the TV at 8:07 p.m. EST -- after Ricky Gervais's opening monologue -- I'd feel both happier and smarter right now.

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The actual ceremony was one of the least eventful in memory. Gervais' barbs were blunted; the celebs were distressingly well-behaved; and the awards were the usual ridiculous mishmash.

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When even Madonna seems funnier, perhaps it's time to go home.

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A defanged Gervais might make the event more comfortable for the stars, but it defeats the purpose of inviting the guy to host. He's not Billy Crystal; taking it easy on everyone and just trying to have a good time isn't in his skill set.

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A night full of safe award winners and disappointingly safe material from our three-time host Ricky Gervais, whom we expected to exit the Beverly Hilton this year in a puff of smoke and hilariously controversial material.

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