Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 12
  2. Negative: 4 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Feb 11, 2011
    Fortunately, Winters' legendary inventiveness as a comedian has not diminished with the years.
  2. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Mar 31, 2011
    An underwhelming jumble.
  3. Reviewed by: Elvis Mitchell
    Feb 10, 2011
    It's got a great subject - the extraordinarily voluble comedian Jonathan Winters, whose constant rush of words can be like a blizzard: beautiful, maddening, exhausting and finally beautiful again. But it's not a great film.
  4. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Feb 8, 2011
    The big-kid-bulky Dayton-born comedian gets some welcome playtime in Jim Pasternak's patchwork tribute, but not nearly enough.
  5. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Feb 10, 2011
    An unabashed valentine to Winters, but like an unfortunate number of valentines, it proves a little embarrassing to the giver and recipient alike.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Feb 11, 2011
    This rambling, unfocused, shuffling documentary paints the famous standup in broad strokes, only occasionally providing worthy examples of how Winters inspired generations.
  7. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Feb 10, 2011
    Bound to disappoint diehard Winters fans while leaving the uninitiated baffled, Certifiably Jonathan doesn't begin to fully suggest the range of the comedian's brilliance and lasting influence.
  8. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Feb 9, 2011
    Winters deserves better.
  9. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Feb 17, 2011
    This story line turns out to be a put-on, and the latter half of the movie is a tedious mockumentary exercise.
  10. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Feb 10, 2011
    Teeming with smart American humorists - and a passel of Arquettes - all unconditionally admiring. What's astonishing, then, is that not one of them stepped in to dissuade their friend from participating in such an embarrassingly awful project.
  11. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Feb 16, 2011
    The result is not merely a bad film, but a waste of an opportunity. As he approaches 85, Winters is still active, funny, enthusiastically involved in painting and could have been the subject of a good film. This isn't it.
  12. Reviewed by: S. James Snyder
    Feb 9, 2011
    This confounding, overwrought mockumentary abruptly devolves into sitcom silliness.

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