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Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. It's more an intellectual, in your head, "hey, that's clever," than a laugh-out-loud funny.
  2. A few kinks are painfully apparent. Foremost among them is the blowhard persona Colbert forces on us for half an hour. It feels like a weaker extension of "The Daily Show."
  3. 60
    Colbert is very skillful at parodying people who are already parodies of themselves, and his show is a lot sharper than most of what passes for comedy on TV. At the end of the day, though--a day, say, on which a President says something foolish, or a Supreme Court nominee has to step aside, or a White House aide is indicted--the voice you’ll most want to hear is still Jon Stewart’s.
  4. 50
    This would be hilarious, except that political talk TV has become such a parody of itself that watching them is more than enough comedy for anybody.
  5. Monday’s premiere was one of the most nearly perfect half-hours of television I’ve ever seen.... [But] I can’t imagine tuning in “The Colbert Report” four nights a week just to watch a caricature.
  6. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    50
    Smart fun.... But Report often feels like an overlong, overindulged sketch.
  7. Reviewed by: Keelin McDonell
    40
    It turns out that it's a lot easier to make fun of the news than to parody the people who deliver it.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 169 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 86 out of 96
  2. Negative: 7 out of 96
  1. Sep 15, 2010
    10
    Stephen Colbert is awesome! I actually like him more than Jon Stewart. I love how he mocks the guys at Fox News indirectly, calling themStephen Colbert is awesome! I actually like him more than Jon Stewart. I love how he mocks the guys at Fox News indirectly, calling them allies, but continually making them look like fools. Full Review »
  2. Nov 4, 2014
    10
    Best intelligent comedy show out there. I will miss Colbert when it ends. Few comedians are this quick witted and intelligent. RarelyBest intelligent comedy show out there. I will miss Colbert when it ends. Few comedians are this quick witted and intelligent. Rarely disappoints thanks to good writing. Daily show on the other hand sometimes falls flat, but Colbert has a better consistency and energy. Have a fictitious host is absolutely brilliant. Steven's interviews are excellent, even with "boring" guests you never heard of. Full Review »
  3. Jul 7, 2014
    10
    Much better than John Stewart. The main difference between the two is that Stewart will insult Republicans directly by calling them stupid orMuch better than John Stewart. The main difference between the two is that Stewart will insult Republicans directly by calling them stupid or dysfunctional or retarded, while Colbert just impersonates what a Republican would say. This makes Colbert much easier to watch especially if you lean right. Colbert is also great with puns and wordplay that will make you laugh no matter who you are. Great show. One of my favorites. Full Review »