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  • Summary: A zesty celebration of storytelling and the life that spills out of it, this film tells two stories: that of an 18th Century Englishman Tristram Shandy (Coogan), and that of the hapless 21st Century filmmakers who are adapting the notoriously unfilmable work "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman," with "Steve Coogan" (COogan) in the title role. (Picturehouse) Expand
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  1. Positive: 34 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. 100
    Because their work is so varied, the director Winterbottom and Boyce, his frequent writer, are only now coming into focus as perhaps the most creative team in British film.
  2. 91
    Coogan makes tremendous sport of himself, taking on a role as an adulterous, vain, anxiety-riddled, alcoholic and truly comic creep. Brydon is exquisitely droll as the straight man to this ugly comedian act.
  3. More fun than a company picnic - and a lot more fun than the classic 18th century novel that inspired it - Michael Winterbottom's Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story is the first good comedy of 2006.
  4. Sitting in front of Tristram Shandy for an hour and a half lets us enjoy the fact that, smooth though its making is, the picture is winking at us.
  5. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    80
    Never loses sight of its mission to be as silly, bawdy, and entertaining as possible.
  6. A highly amusing combination period film and mockumentary.
  7. 40
    Unfortunately, it's also maddeningly repetitive, and dependent on the kind of strained English whimsy that leaves your throat sore from laughter that dies in the glottal region.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 41
  2. Negative: 14 out of 41
  1. JeremyK.
    Sep 17, 2006
    10
    A phenomenal piece of work. This is the artist's hand steadily at play. A collaborative comedy with an underlying current that reminds us of how much facical our world views and sense of self vs others always leaves us wanting. By embracing a post-modern jester of his time (Sterne) and this wonderful age-old satire - Winterbottom, Boyce, Coggan and crew have done just that - created a blazing re-definition of post-modernism and as much as we hate the cliche --- it is unabashedly "ahead of it's time". As bold and awe-inspiring as the film medium has the potential to be. Brilliant. Expand
  2. ZethB.
    Mar 12, 2006
    10
    Excellent film, funny throughout and all the cast were perfect.
  3. JeffreyP.
    Jul 18, 2006
    9
    Just the fact that they pulled this off and kept the spirit of the book was amazing. But the fact that it is funny and smart and engaging makes it work and work well. Those not familiar with the source material (ought to read it, but) may have a hard time "getting" it, but hopefully will still enjoy the experience. Expand
  4. TomS.
    Jan 31, 2006
    8
    A clever interpretation which is hilarious. Well worth seeing.
  5. WendyA.
    Mar 24, 2006
    4
    Very dull, flat, overly talky, and not the least but funny.
  6. AndrewT.
    Mar 12, 2006
    3
    A few laughs, but really not enough ideas here for a movie. The worst movie I have seen at the theater in a while. Goes to show that the critics are wrong sometimes. Expand
  7. DeWayneP.P.
    Feb 18, 2006
    0
    This is one of the worst films I have ever seen. I left the film after one hour, and I have never done that before. I give it no higher than a 0, only because I didn't get my money back from the theatre!. This film demonstrates just how deeply rooted comedy is to our cultural language; and if you understand the British (and who really does!...just kidding!) then this film is a scream! If not, then join me and scream in horror as you run for the exits! Expand

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