• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 10, 2013
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Aug 5, 2013
    88
    Clear History is so funny it made me want to order up some Palestinian chicken.
  2. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Aug 9, 2013
    80
    A memorable comedy about a man trying to be forgotten.
  3. Reviewed by: Dorothy Rabinowitz
    Aug 9, 2013
    80
    A wonderfully diverting film with Mr. David at his abrasive best.
  4. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Aug 8, 2013
    75
    Clear History single-handedly rehabilitates the word "derivative," as long as the source material you're reworking is anything Larry David writes and stars in.
  5. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Aug 8, 2013
    75
    Clear History purports to have a real plot. But the movie also feels at time like an extended all-star jam episode of "Curb." Those are, perhaps not coincidentally, the best, and funniest parts of Clear History.
  6. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Aug 12, 2013
    70
    For better and worse, it feels like an extended version of a "Curb Your Enthusiasm" episode.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Aug 12, 2013
    70
    It plays in many ways like a leisurely, bucolic version of "Curb," with a larger cast of characters and something like a "journey" for the main character.
  8. Reviewed by: Allison Keene
    Aug 9, 2013
    70
    With its seaside setting and lighthearted fun, Clear History is a kind of pleasant, late-summer gazpacho, enjoyed to the sounds of Chicago and debates about whether there is a racial preference between black and white dwarves.
  9. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Aug 9, 2013
    70
    There’s not a lot of plot to be had here, and the news that Clear History leaned heavily on the improvisational impulses of its cast might usually ward off the improv-weary. But Clear History has a nice, confident and well-edited breeze to it (including a lot of jokes about the band Chicago), with a fun cast that includes standout riffs from Michael Keaton, Danny McBride and Eva Mendes.
  10. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Aug 8, 2013
    70
    HBO's Clear History, a cable movie that plays very much like an overlong episode of "Curb."
  11. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Aug 8, 2013
    67
    Clear History is amusing enough to pull a viewer through it, although those who haven’t yet acquired a taste for Curb might find it the equivalent of a pricey two-drink minimum without enough payback.
  12. Reviewed by: Melissa Maerz
    Aug 5, 2013
    67
    The humor's not as sharp as Curbed--one bit finds Nathan wondering if waitresses should really wipe down tables with rags, since they're dirty--and the cameos feel gratuitous. Only JB Smoove earns his screen time. [9 Aug 2013, p.73]
  13. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Aug 5, 2013
    63
    A revenge farce that takes such perplexingly arbitrary turns that it finally sits down like a confused Labrador and refuses to budge. [12 Aug 2013]
  14. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Aug 9, 2013
    60
    A perverse parable of envy and misfortune that loses some steam as it turns into a wacky but predictable revenge caper that you know can't end well.
  15. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Aug 8, 2013
    60
    Despite a number of funny lines sprinkled through the script, this History isn't very memorable. It seems more like Larry David's What I Did on My Summer Vacation project.
  16. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Aug 7, 2013
    60
    While it’s fun to see the band Chicago drawn into a subplot about the sexual history of Nathan’s ex (Amy Ryan)--or savor an in-joke playing off the name of HBO CEO Richard Plepler--even some of those intricately woven gags feel like a bit of a distraction.
  17. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Aug 9, 2013
    50
    It all feels like “Curb”-cutting-room-floor material set atop a feeble plotline and a group of unrealized and disposable supporting performances. Clear History is pretty, pretty average.
User Score
6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Aug 10, 2013
    7
    If your a fan of Larry David, i'm sure you will find this comedy enough appealing. The cast alone is worth the watch and the material is usually funny. Full Review »
  2. Dec 24, 2013
    3
    Childish story, Flat direction, boring acting, but somewhere between the emptiness and the Larry Davids socio schizophrenia he is introducing, formalized enjoyment can jump through the fireplace Full Review »
  3. Aug 22, 2013
    6
    I love "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and really enjoy Larry David's unique, neurotic humor and since it looks like "Curb" is dead and we'll see no more of it, we get the next best thing: "Clear History."

    The HBO movie is definitely hilarious but it does feel overly familiar as it looks like an extended episode of "Curb." Also, a lot of the really great cast is never used to their potential and often feel like background characters--for example, Danny McBride goes viciously underutilized.

    Overall, while the film has some issues in the fact it feels like the same thing we've seen over and over again, the movie is still pretty funny and can easily satisfy the hole left behind from "Curb."
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