Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis Image

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  • 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 and offstage lives. Expand
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Documentary
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  1. Reviewed by: Jessica Shaw
    Dec 16, 2011
    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
    Method makes a solid case for Lewis as underappreciated auteur.
  3. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Dec 16, 2011
    A revealing and entertaining career retrospective.
  4. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Dec 16, 2011
    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
    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
    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
    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.

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