Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. In the run-up to the show it all sounded a bit hard to get your head around, but in the flesh the show zinged, at least this first week.
  2. Mr. Colbert's on-camera persona may not wear well over the long term, but for now at least "The Colbert Report" is a worthy spinoff, an icy-cold beer chaser to the shot of whiskey that is "The Daily Show."
  3. 90
    Not only does Colbert maintain his persona without skipping a beat throughout the entire show, but he's got great comic timing, the show's writers are brilliant, and the whole thing is pure foolish, bizarre, idiotic fun at Bill O'Reilly's expense.
  4. Reviewed by: Gilbert Cruz
    Colbert proves that the line between serious TV journalism and utter nonsense is a very thin one indeed. [4 Nov 2005, p.67]
  5. 80
    The biggest question hanging over "The Colbert Report" is whether the show’s sendup of the pomposity and fear-mongering of cable news blowhards will be as appealing in the long term as "The Daily Show’s" satire of public figures and the news media as a whole.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    "The Daily Show" spinoff has gotten off to an impressive start with a topnotch premiere followed by a respectable second outing that underscores just how challenging it will be to sustain this half-hour high-wire act four nights a week.
  7. 80
    One of Colbert's strengths has always been wordplay, which is in full force on ''The Colbert Report" and gives the show an added level of wit.
  8. It's got a way to go to become a polished program, but made a very solid and affable first impression.
  9. When it is clicking, The Colbert Report is Countdown on mescaline -- occasionally brilliant, occasionally loopy, definitely entertaining.
  10. 75
    Unlike Daily anchorman Jon Stewart, he's not only ridiculing the headlines but mocking himself. This is closer to acting than comedy, and it may be tougher. But Stephen Colbert is a great American and deserves our support. And suppore. [7 Nov 2005, p.41]
  11. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    By its very nature, the position Colbert occupies—the butt of his own show's joke—seems more difficult to sustain than Stewart's role as the eternal observer.
  12. The new show dovetails nicely with its lead-in to present a solid hour of skewered news and punctured pomposity.
  13. 63
    Colbert was an invaluable part of the Daily Show, but as the whole show, he's not enough and too much simultaneously.
  14. 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."
  15. 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.
  16. It's more an intellectual, in your head, "hey, that's clever," than a laugh-out-loud funny.
  17. 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.
  18. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Smart fun.... But Report often feels like an overlong, overindulged sketch.
  19. 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.
  20. Reviewed by: Keelin McDonell
    It turns out that it's a lot easier to make fun of the news than to parody the people who deliver it.
  21. Reviewed by: Adam Sternbergh
    It’s an astute parody, but it suffocates the show, sealing The Colbert Report under a hermetic layer of irony.
  22. Reviewed by: Stephen Kiehl
    What worked so well in short Daily Show-sized bites wears thin over a half-hour program.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 167 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 86 out of 96
  2. Negative: 7 out of 96
  1. Sep 15, 2010
    Stephen 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
    Best 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
    Much 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 »