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  • Summary: Jonathan Winters, 85-year-old comic genius, is a gifted painter. He dreams of having his paintings hang in the Museum of Modern Art. When Jonathan’s art exhibitions in Beverly Hills and Las Vegas fail, a discouraged Jonathan is ready to abandon his dream. The filmmakers decide to help byJonathan Winters, 85-year-old comic genius, is a gifted painter. He dreams of having his paintings hang in the Museum of Modern Art. When Jonathan’s art exhibitions in Beverly Hills and Las Vegas fail, a discouraged Jonathan is ready to abandon his dream. The filmmakers decide to help by hunting down a famous critic and show him Jonathan’s paintings. He believes Jonathan is “the missing link between Miro and Dali” and convinces the Museum of Modern Art to give Jonathan a show—but only if he paints three new paintings. Jonathan launches into a painting frenzy but disaster strikes when his favorite painting is stolen, causing him to lose his sense of humor (He claims that a witch doctor trapped him in a bathroom and sucked the humor from his body.) Without his sense of humor Jonathan cannot paint. About to lose his big show, Jonathan tries everything to get back his humor. With the help of a shrink, a new age healer, a séance with the Arquettes, Robin Williams, Sarah Silverman, Howie Mandel, Nora Dunn, Ryan Stiles, Gary Owens and others, Jonathan sets out on a quest to get his mojo back. (FilmDada) Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 12
  2. Negative: 4 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Feb 11, 2011
    63
    Fortunately, Winters' legendary inventiveness as a comedian has not diminished with the years.
  2. Reviewed by: Elvis Mitchell
    Feb 10, 2011
    50
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Mar 31, 2011
    50
    An underwhelming jumble.
  4. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Feb 9, 2011
    40
    Winters deserves better.
  5. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Feb 10, 2011
    40
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Feb 17, 2011
    30
    This story line turns out to be a put-on, and the latter half of the movie is a tedious mockumentary exercise.
  7. Reviewed by: S. James Snyder
    Feb 9, 2011
    20
    This confounding, overwrought mockumentary abruptly devolves into sitcom silliness.

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