• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: May 20, 2022
Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 7 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Christian Gallichio
    May 24, 2022
    91
    “George Carlin’s American Dream” may run close to four hours, but it’s also Apatow’s most politically incisive work to date.
  2. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    May 20, 2022
    88
    Specials about comedy talents are often just excuses to watch the best bits of a famous star, but “George Carlin’s American Dream” is way more than that. It is loving and appreciative of his genius without ever devolving into fan service.
  3. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    May 19, 2022
    88
    No doubt Carlin’s observations are as relevant as ever in 2022, and that’s all laid out in the entertainingly comprehensive documentary from Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio—but I also love that this film is the definitive reminder that whether Carlin was making Big Picture Statements or engaging in relatively lightweight stand-up antics, he was flat-out effing funny.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    May 20, 2022
    85
    Assembled with a level of ambition worthy of Carlin’s verbal dexterity, directors Judd Apatow (who not long ago produced a similar ode to Garry Shandling) and Michael Bonfiglio have endeavored to contextualize the comic’s work through key events.
  5. Reviewed by: Tim Lowery
    May 20, 2022
    83
    There are plenty of talking heads, too—Patton Oswalt, W. Kamau Bell, Jon Stewart, Chris Rock, Sam Jay, Bill Burr, Steven Wright—but they never stray into redundant “You have to understand, Carlin was a genius” territory. The vast majority of them have something meaty and specific to say. ... Over these nearly four hours, one thing that stands out is the man’s tenacity.
  6. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    May 17, 2022
    80
    The point ultimately is to treasure the record that Carlin left and to lament that that record didn’t include two or three decades more of scathing commentary and reflection — both the taking down of politicians and sacred cows and the fart jokes and funny voices. Here it largely succeeds, and four hours spent listening to George Carlin is four hours well spent.
  7. Reviewed by: Clare Martin
    Jun 9, 2022
    75
    George Carlin’s American Dream effectively shows all sides of Carlin—a class clown, a rebel, a former idealist, a husband, a loner, a father, an artist—and reiterates his lasting legacy as a talented comedian who keenly understood the human condition.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Jun 10, 2022
    9
    A thorough and informative doco that covers the many phases of George Carlin. With plenty of interesting talking heads and access to hisA thorough and informative doco that covers the many phases of George Carlin. With plenty of interesting talking heads and access to his personal archives this dco is a must see into the life of this comedic genius. Full Review »