Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis Image
Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics What's this?

User Score
tbd

No user score yet- Be the first to review!

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Summary: Producer and Director Gregg Barson examines the life of superstar comedian Jerry Lewis in this all access special from Starz. Comprised of behind-the-scenes footage, early recordings, and a host of A-list interviews, Method to the Madness thoroughly explores Lewis and both his onstage andProducer and Director Gregg Barson examines the life of superstar comedian Jerry Lewis in this all access special from Starz. Comprised of behind-the-scenes footage, early recordings, and a host of A-list interviews, Method to the Madness thoroughly explores Lewis and both his onstage and offstage lives. Expand
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Documentary
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Jessica Shaw
    Dec 16, 2011
    83
    You'll be intrigued by the 85-year-old showman, his legion of devotees, and the fact that he still tells rabbi-and-priest jokes.
  2. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Dec 16, 2011
    83
    Method makes a solid case for Lewis as underappreciated auteur.
  3. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Dec 16, 2011
    80
    A revealing and entertaining career retrospective.
  4. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Dec 16, 2011
    75
    It's great to have such important talking heads, but after a while, they don't really contribute much new to the discussion.
  5. Reviewed by: Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Dec 16, 2011
    70
    Jerry Lewis is not only a "genius," a word that crops up so often that only in show business would such an outpouring not be mistaken for parody.
  6. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Dec 16, 2011
    50
    By the end of this documentary, yes, you're convinced that Mr. Lewis was a much larger figure than is generally acknowledged. But you still don't feel as if you know him.
  7. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Dec 16, 2011
    40
    The old clips are still a hoot, but there's a limit to how much compressed air a viewer can take, listening to a bunch of old men talk about how funny their friend was.

See all 11 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of
  2. Mixed: 0 out of
  3. Negative: 0 out of