(2002)

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Metascore

Based on 28 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
88
lluminating and exceptional docu-portrait.
88
A film that comes close to re-creating the funny-but-serious environment of stand-up comedy.
80
It's funny as hell, and like all comedy that stings, sorrowful at its core.
75
Entertainment Weekly
The thrust of the movie is that even for Jerry, the quintessential scientist of stand-up, comedy is very, very hard to do. By the end, you're closer to knowing why.
75
Entertaining.
75
Philadelphia Inquirer
Although respectful of its central subject, Comedian is not worshipful. Rather, it is curious about what in Seinfeld's hard-wiring allows him to maintain his equilibrium.
75
New York Daily News
Fascinating and often very funny behind-the-scenes look at the tedium and hard work that go into making strangers laugh.
75
Miami Herald
Shows Jerry Seinfeld as you've never seen him before: being unfunny.
75
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
There's plenty of humour in Comedian but not a lot of happiness -- apparently, the sad clown is a cliché for good reason.
75
Seinfeld is the perfect figure to center a documentary called, generically, Comedian.
63
Charlotte Observer
I don't mean to be negative, but I want Orny Adams hung naked over a pit of snapping crocodiles. That said, Comedian is a lightweight but appealing backstage film about two performers.

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