Pretend It's a City: Limited Series Reviews

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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 It's also something of a historical document.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.
January 9, 2021
An uproariously funny delight.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
January 9, 2021
It's all fun, but it's all the same story - a story that threatens to turn into a deadening barrage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 8, 2021
Pretend It's a City passes quickly, but that's more condemnation than praise. Nothing that Lebowitz says in it does more than provoke, and that's a reflex that fades with overuse.
January 8, 2021
Pretend It's a City certainly yields its share of amusing thoughts and wry observations, many of which are worth recording for posterity. But it would take a great pretender to act like it's worthy of the time devoted to them.
January 8, 2021
"Oh, Fran," Scorsese says at one point, and that bemused vibe colors the entirety of the lovingly admiring, if slightly unchallenging, Pretend It's A City.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 8, 2021
Across its seven episodes, the director converses with the author about all manner of things that irritate and inspire her. Scorsese sets the jumping off points and Lebowitz leaps with often hilarious, reckless abandon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 8, 2021
I am so grateful to have spent a day wrangling Lebowitz for a TV show and having dinner afterwards.
January 6, 2021
Spending time in Fran's company during these seven episodes is frequently edifying, enlightening, entertaining, and sometimes confronting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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