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Based on 7 Reviews
critic reviews (7)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Every aspiring performer will appreciate Gregori Viens' unassuming comedy, which cheerfully skewers industry pretensions and media-fueled trends. show more

  • 70
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    Although its sendup of L.A.'s shallow, self-absorbed show business culture is not exactly revelatory, the film does deliver solid laughs, many of them thanks to Philips' wittily provocative, surprisingly hostile confessional ditties. show more

  • 75
    Michelle Orange Movieline

    The result is a shaggy rise-and-fall story that is deceptively well-wrought, playing at times like an extremely hip, deep-access concert film. show more

  • 75
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    See his movie now, brag about your discerning taste for undiscovered talent later. show more

  • 60
    Eric Hynes Time Out New York

    While never uproarious, Punching the Clown exudes the clever, warped sincerity of its star, eschewing uppercuts for a series of playful jabs. show more

  • 60
    Village Voice

    Punching the Clown mirrors Henry's act: a minor triumph whose cult following doesn't yet know it exists. show more

  • 60
    Mike Hale The New York Times

    Holding things together are Mr. Phillips's quiet charm and his songs, which really are funny. show more

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