An aging comic icon, Jackie (Robert De Niro) has seen better days.a Despite his efforts to reinvent himself and his comic genius, the audience only wants to know him as the former telev...
The Comedian (2017)
An aging comic icon, Jackie (Robert De Niro) has seen better days.a Despite his efforts to reinvent himself and his comic genius, the audience only wants to know him as the former television character he once played.a Already a strain on his younger brother (Danny DeVito) and his wife (Patti LuPone), Jackie is forced to serve out a sentence doing community service for accosting an audience member. While there, he meets Harmony (Leslie Mann), the daughter of a sleazy Florida real estate mogul (Harvey Keitel), and the two find inspiration in one another resulting in surprising consequences.
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112 critic reviews
2,178 user reviews
The Public (Buffalo)
9/18/2017 by M. Faust
If The Comedian is supposed to have any particular theme, it's hard to tell what.
2/9/2017 by David Sims
A fetid, overlong drama laden with bizarre subplots and an inexplicably star-studded supporting cast, built around the dated idea that standup comedians can, indeed, be jerks.
2/6/2017 by Richard Brody
The plot is forced and flimsy, the characters are thinly conceived, and the comic writing is often cringeworthy.
New York Magazine/Vulture
2/4/2017 by Emily Yoshida
This is a film that reaches its emotional climax among a crowd of senior citizens at a nursing home singing a rousing song about the difficulty of bowel movements.
Tribune News Service
2/3/2017 by Katie Walsh
Combustible chemistry is squandered for stale and clich plot developments.
Christian Science Monitor
2/3/2017 by Peter Rainer
Hackford trots out a series of familiar, in some cases faded, faces from the past... but the effect is disheartening, like being trapped inside a mediocre Friars Club Roast.
2/3/2017 by Brian Lowry
While Jackie harbors plenty of rage, The Comedian is ultimately too heavy on the bull.
2/3/2017 by Glenn Kenny
The movie never builds enough momentum, emotional or narrative, to get the viewer on its side.
Globe and Mail
2/3/2017 by Brad Wheeler
If you've seen the trailer, you've pretty much seen the whole movie.
2/3/2017 by Joey Nolfi
They say misery loves company, but if the unseemly characters in Taylor Hackford's latest feature are any indication, it also breeds comedy.
2/2/2017 by Richard Roeper
What's more painful than watching a comedian bomb onstage in a live performance? Watching one of the greatest actors of all time bomb playing a comedian who is shockingly unfunny onstage, and an offensive boor offstage.
2/2/2017 by Adam Graham
There's a big problem at the center of "The Comedian": It's not funny. At all.
Wall Street Journal
2/2/2017 by Joe Morgenstern
Why did Mr. De Niro do it, and why would anyone pay money to see it?
2/2/2017 by J. R. Jones
Director Taylor Hackford pitches this film as a drama with comic moments, but De Niro is too loud and overbearing to be funny.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
2/2/2017 by Cary Darling
There have been several striking films about the world of comedy. Robert De Niro was even in one of them...and Mike Birbiglia's sharply observed Don't Think Twice from last year is well worth seeking out. Unfortunately, The Comedian is not one of them.
2/2/2017 by Sandy Cohen
Interesting character study and heartfelt love letter to New York City and the camaraderie among its comedians.
New York Daily News
2/2/2017 by Stephen Whitty
If this is the king of comedy, it's time for a coup.
2/2/2017 by Peter Howell
A career nadir for director Taylor Hackford.
Minneapolis Star Tribune
2/2/2017 by Colin Covert
Burdened with a choppy, poorly conceived script, "The Comedian" is impossible to enjoy on any level whatsoever.
2/2/2017 by Michael O'Sullivan
Although it hints at the unhappiness - and, occasionally, outright hostility - that underlie humor, "The Comedian" never really seems all that interested in probing the comic's psychological wounds.
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