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  • Summary: Using animation, stand-up comedy, and interviews with Patton Oswalt, Sarah Silverman, Marc Maron and others, this documentary looks at the life of a comic Eddie Pepitone as he struggles with self-doubt, sobriety, and a challenging family history during a middle-age career surge.
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  1. Reviewed by: Sherilyn Connelly
    Feb 13, 2013
    80
    The Bitter Buddha is very funny, and for all its bitterness, Eddie Pepitone's comedy is a taste that's easy to acquire.
  2. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Feb 13, 2013
    75
    The Bitter Buddha closes with Pepitone pondering whether he’s wasted his life by focusing on comedy rather than family, but everything that’s come before suggests that decision has led to a life that’s a triumph rather than a tragedy.
  3. Reviewed by: Gary Goldstein
    Feb 14, 2013
    70
    [An] amusing, freewheeling documentary.
  4. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Mar 7, 2013
    70
    The film’s unvarying lack of drama or direction can be wearing, but the schlubby originality of its subject fully repays the longueurs.
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