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8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 169 Ratings

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  1. Negative: 11 out of 169

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  1. chrisp
    Oct 25, 2005
    4
    Doubt this will last. As many seem to have said, the character works in short bits on DS opposite Stewart as straight man but it makes little sense on it's own. It's not bizarre or out there enough to be a complete spoof like Ali G nor is it serious enough and educational as Daily Show can be. The interviews are painful because with him playing this character he has no way to Doubt this will last. As many seem to have said, the character works in short bits on DS opposite Stewart as straight man but it makes little sense on it's own. It's not bizarre or out there enough to be a complete spoof like Ali G nor is it serious enough and educational as Daily Show can be. The interviews are painful because with him playing this character he has no way to balance serious questions with serious guests against the schtick. They just have an awkward vibe. My guess is the show will not last after 1 season, the concept is off. He either needs to go 100% spoof or the opposite. Watching Colbert playing a character while at the same time attacking serious issues just doesn;t work Expand
  2. Shane
    Oct 19, 2005
    5
    Colbert has obviously never been the host of a TV show before. He stumbles over his words enough for it to take away from the enjoyment. His interview of Fareed Zakaria was definitely the work of a beginner. I don't know how Jon Stewart was when he first started out, but Colbert definitely has work to do. I see this show as having enormous potential when he does hone his skills. He Colbert has obviously never been the host of a TV show before. He stumbles over his words enough for it to take away from the enjoyment. His interview of Fareed Zakaria was definitely the work of a beginner. I don't know how Jon Stewart was when he first started out, but Colbert definitely has work to do. I see this show as having enormous potential when he does hone his skills. He has to do that before it has potential, though. Expand
  3. Raoul
    Oct 22, 2005
    5
    I'm afraid Colbert has locked himself into playing a parody of one character. After the first week, it's already a little tiring. I miss the freedom he had on the Daily Show to play multiple different types. This is a skit that can't sustain itself as a daily show.
  4. MikeG.
    Nov 10, 2005
    6
    It's solid, but I often find that I sometimes am not interested in watching the entire half hour. The first segment is usually strongest, and The Word is more often than not genius. The rest of the show sometimes gets a little draggy, and Colbert's interviews are weak. His style of constantly interrupting the guest doesn't make for good TV - it's as if he's It's solid, but I often find that I sometimes am not interested in watching the entire half hour. The first segment is usually strongest, and The Word is more often than not genius. The rest of the show sometimes gets a little draggy, and Colbert's interviews are weak. His style of constantly interrupting the guest doesn't make for good TV - it's as if he's shouting, "ME, ME, ME! My 15 minutes are almost up!" This seems like a show that could go either way - it'll either find itself and become a huge cult hit or it will grow pretty old in about six months. Expand
  5. Alex
    Oct 20, 2005
    6
    It hurts watching Jon Stewart on the daily show and then Colbert. He just cant do it as well as Stewart can. Has some really funny parts, but stumbles over lines way too much. The interviews seem more akward then funny, although they do have their funny parts. I hope Colbert settles in and does more with the show then he is now. He needs some more tips from Stewart.
  6. DavidV.
    Jul 22, 2008
    6
    Colbert is indeed a hoot but at the same time is a bit too predictable. At times it feels like 1/2 hour news hor (shudders).
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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. The new show dovetails nicely with its lead-in to present a solid hour of skewered news and punctured pomposity.