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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 ofA 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. The first great, mind-tickling treat of the new movie year.
  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. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    88
    The movie biz inside jokes eventually yield to fairly merciless plumbings about the construction of the self, resulting in a kind of philosophical discomfort that's much different from the run-of-the-mill humiliations this sort of thing usually trucks in.
  4. Christopher Guest only wishes he could nail a parody/homage as smart and deadpan as this, but while his ensemble improvisation movies are increasingly full of mighty wind, Winterbottom's is consistently smart and silly without becoming caricature.
  5. The result is a movie more concerned with movie-making than with the stuff of Sterne's great book, but a movie that's good for lots of laughs if you share its fondness for actors and for fatuous actors' banter, which I do.
  6. It's all a bit precious and preening, but Coogan is marvelous, almost as good as he was in Winterbottom's "24 Hour Party People."
  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: 21 out of 42
  2. Negative: 15 out of 42
  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 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 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. DanC.
    Jul 21, 2006
    6
    I know this is supposed to be the height of dry British wit, but I found myself looking at my watch and wishing it were over.
  5. ElizabethP.
    Mar 22, 2006
    4
    A few good laughs, a few clever points to make, but overall pretty boring and pointless. And I say this despite usually liking British humor. A few good laughs, a few clever points to make, but overall pretty boring and pointless. And I say this despite usually liking British humor. No cohesive story, which I'm sure is very fitting, but doesn't leave you with very much at the end of the film. Don't listen to the critics on this one. Expand
  6. MarcK.
    Jul 22, 2006
    2
    Thank God I waited for this on DVD! This is one of the worst American releases in 2006, and was an absolute bore. I gave it a "2" only Thank God I waited for this on DVD! This is one of the worst American releases in 2006, and was an absolute bore. I gave it a "2" only because it had a couple of funny jokes. The "regular" people's ratings are much more accurate than what the critics said about this one. But if I can't trust the critics, how am I going to pick out movies to rent anymore? 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 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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