Pretend It's a City: Limited Series Reviews

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February 18, 2021
Docuseries is warm tribute to famously cranky writer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 10, 2021
The title's faint air of wistfulness mourns a New York in retreat since well before the atomization of the pandemic.
February 6, 2021
If Public Speaking was a Fran Lebowitz profile and primer rolled into one, Pretend It's a City gives her a forum to spiel on everything New York. Besides being a love letter to the city, it is also an obituary to a certain kind of old-fashioned living.
February 2, 2021
The half-hour episodes were filmed before the coronavirus came calling, so the city we see is still full of the crowds that Lebowitz loves and loathes in equal measure. It's a real pleasure.
February 1, 2021
There is something unusually comforting about Lebowitz's ability to verbally decimate the absurdity of modern existence that sparks a lot of pleasure for me and my friends.
January 25, 2021
[Fran Lebowitz is] a direct heir to the writer Dorothy Parker... hilarious. [Full review in Spanish]
January 23, 2021
Is there anything more delightful than watching Martin Scorsese enjoy someone? One of the best things about his new documentary series, Pretend It's a City, is getting to see the filmmaker react to his subject.
January 21, 2021
Directed -- with obvious pleasure -- by Martin Scorsese, Pretend it's a City is a thoroughly enjoyable engagement with the witticisms, dismissals, and irascible philosophy of Fran Lebowitz. The only blood spilt here is metaphorical.
January 20, 2021
Pretend It's a City is a wonderful tribute to New York City and the art of conversation. Don't miss it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 16, 2021
Despite casting arias of boomer philosophy, Martin Scorsese's exploration of New York is propelled by Fran Lebowitz's incisive observations.
January 16, 2021
I could really use a good laugh. Well, in this're eating, living and laughing with these people...boy can Fran talk, mostly in the form of sardonic quips...
January 16, 2021
The series I've most enjoyed recently is largely about two old friends sitting around talking...
January 14, 2021
Hearing Lebowitz hold forth on everything from sidewalk etiquette to the avarice and sheer stupidity of New York politicians is a sweet and sour delight. I loved it.
January 13, 2021
The runtime is relentless and the speaker is relentless and the strangers crawling all over New York are relentless and the audience's lust for more minutes is relentless.
January 12, 2021
Lebowitz is hilarious, and Scorsese captures her humor, as well as her love of New York City, very well.
January 11, 2021
Pretend It's a City joins a larger canon that helps its flaws fade into a bigger picture. Scorsese's cinematic career is as varied as it is long...his most enduring theme, however, is the city of New York...
January 11, 2021
This can't help but feel more of a curio than a passion project for either of its main contributors... Still, those who share either of this pair's love for the city or their views on its gradual evolution will likely enjoy the opportunity.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
January 11, 2021
Scorsese's approach, which weaves together the private interviews and Q&As moderated by the likes of Lee and Alec Baldwin and Toni Morrison, gives the impression of Lebowitz's life as one ongoing conversation the viewer can get fully immersed in.
January 11, 2021
"Pretend It's a City," Martin Scorsese's six-part documentary appreciation of Fran Lebowitz, is more than merely delightful, although it's certainly that. It's also something of a historical document.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 10, 2021
It's the most social documentary, so to speak, in recent memory...I haven't laughed so heartily and consistently since 2019.
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