Skip to main content


Based on 12 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( )
  • 63
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Gilbert blatantly takes Chong's side, so your level of empathy will rise or fall depending on how strongly you connect with his subject's hazy, if enthusiastic, dedication to "the pursuit of righteous happiness." show more

  • 50
    The Hollywood Reporter

    First-time filmmaker Josh Gilbert, whose skills behind the camera are rudimentary, might be a bit too close to his subject to do disinterested viewers justice; he clearly is a fan and is making no effort to show both sides of the story he reports. show more

  • 63
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    How the feds inadvertently resurrected the performing career of stoner comic Tommy Chong by busting him is the ironic subtext of Josh Gilbert's one-sided documentary a/k/a Tommy Chong. show more

  • 63
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    This isn't a great piece of nonfiction filmmaking, but it has its moments. show more

  • 63

    Gilbert films Chong as if he's a political prisoner like Nelson Mandela, when he's really just an older comic going to jail over a bad business decision. show more

  • 60
    K.J. Doughton Film Threat

    Leave the Visine and wrapping papers at home for A/K/A Tommy Chong, a surprisingly clear-eyed, sober account of what it’s liked to be embraced by a culture, while loathed by the Powers That Be. show more

  • 75
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    Chong does his time (nine months) and has the last laugh, emerging as a born-again activist-survivor of the culture wars. show more

  • 70
    Andrew O'Hehir

    This is a small film, but it moved me and made me angry. Both reactions, in this context, are worthwhile. show more

  • 70
    Manohla Dargis The New York Times

    Tells the depressing, often ridiculous and generally enraging story of how and why Mr. Chong, an extremely laid-back and genial camera presence, ended up doing time in the minimum-security Taft Correctional Institution in Taft, Calif. show more

  • 50
    Village Voice

    Following Chong to the clink by way of a few well-timed stand-up gigs, this genial doc sprinkles Reagan and Nixon soundbites over its vintage stash of C&C clips for a suitably fuzzy squint at America from '69 to the buzzkill present. show more

similar movies

  • The U.S. vs. John Lennon (2006)

  • Shut Up and Sing (2006)

  • The Union: The Business Behind Getting High (2007)

  • The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers (2009)

  • Mugabe and the White African (2009)

Stay Connected with Moviefone

Download the Free App!

My Settings

You are currently subscribed as: {email}


Get the latest reviews, movie news, photos, and trailers sent straight to your inbox.

Weekly Newsletter

Daily alerts


You're not following any movies.

These are the movies you’re currently following.

    Update settings