Comedian

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  • Summary: Jerry Seinfeld is once again a working standup comic. Comedian is the unique and engaging look at what it took for him, and by extension every stand-up, to get there. (Miramax)
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. 88
    lluminating and exceptional docu-portrait.
  2. 80
    What begins as an indulgent vanity piece (Seinfeld was a producer of the film) ends up as a fascinating portrait of creativity at its most compulsive.
  3. 75
    Seinfeld is the perfect figure to center a documentary called, generically, Comedian.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    70
    Gains much greater texture from the intercutting between the two performers than had it remained simply a Seinfeld promotional project.
  5. 60
    As a portrait of a man at the top of his profession starting over, it's involving throughout, and funny, too. Its range proves too narrow to support the questions it raises, but it's memorable for the point it repeats.
  6. 50
    A not particularly revealing documentary.
  7. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    40
    Has moments of real interest, but they require wading through a lot of dead air.

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  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Aug 2, 2015
    7
    If you like stand-up comedy, or just Jerry Seinfeld, you'll find plenty of stuff to like here. Some advice, some brief glances into whatIf you like stand-up comedy, or just Jerry Seinfeld, you'll find plenty of stuff to like here. Some advice, some brief glances into what comedy really is all about. I did feel it was a kind of loose documentary, and I'm absolutely sure some people will not like it at all or pay no attention to it, so of course it has a very specific audience. However, I recommend this not just to hardcore Seinfeld fans or actual comedians, but also to people trying to be funny, funnier in life I mean. Because it shows you that it's not hard being funny someplace you feel comfortable, it isn't, but when you're standing in front of an audience which you don't know anything about, it actually is. So I guess it makes you think about how important it is to value comedy, to perform it or to get it in your system. It's not supposed to be that hard all the time, but this documentary assures you that being a comedian is not as easy as it looks. Expand

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