Metascore
84

Universal acclaim - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    100
    They say analyzing comedy kills it, but in this case, it's one revelation after another. Add rare footage of their early years, some non-Python TV appearances, tense on-set footage filmed during the making of their movies, and clips of their greatest hits, and you've got Monty nirvana.
  2. 100
    It is an excellent 40th-anniversary documentary.
  3. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    90
    Almost the Truth (The Lawyer’s Cut) is a serious history of sublime nonsense, packaged with classic Python-esque irreverence.
  4. Despite its equivocal title, Almost the Truth beats any Python documentary yet made for comprehensiveness and depth.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    80
    Frankly, six hours is a whole lot of time for any documentary, but the treasure trove of Python material ensures that Almost the Truth goes down smoothly, or at least almost so.
  6. The documentary finally sags a bit in the final hour, albeit inevitably, as Jones and Timlett detail the making of the group’s final film, "Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life," by which point all six men were quite ready to be done with each other for a while, and then as we briefly glimpse them in their post-Python lives.
  7. It's funnier because it includes some comic sketches, but they are truncated. Further down, whole episodes focus on the Python movies, one for The Life of Brian, one for Monty Python and the Holy Grail. You get funny excerpts, but also lots of blah-blah.
  8. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    70
    It is a treat, if not a revelation, for fans. This is very well plowed ground, after all. As for the as yet uninitiated, what they don’t find baffling they’ll likely find excessive.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jul 7, 2011
    9
    python fan will be pleased with this if you are intrested how every thing got started for the python crew . its a documentry with some nice python humor and stories . Full Review »
  2. VincentC
    Oct 22, 2009
    8
    An enjoyable 6 hours, no matter if you're a passing Python fan or a full fledged zealot. These guys have influenced comedy in so many ways.