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Based on 13 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 50
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    As a grab bag of reminiscences by veteran funny people, bolstered with richly entertaining performance footage, it's boffo. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Think you know all about comedy? This thorough, funny and thoroughly funny chronicle of the Catskills Mountains resorts — that is, the Borscht belt — will still teach you a thing or two. show more

  • 65
    Ella Taylor NPR

    For the charming but skin-deep documentary When Comedy Went to School, filmmakers Mevlut Akkaya and Ron Frank gained enviable access to pioneer stars of Borscht Belt standup. show more

  • 63
    Donald Liebenson

    Does not quite make the grade. For every great joke, hilarious anecdote, and keen insight, there are cringe-worthy dramatizations, narrative groaners. show more

  • 50
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    Superficial and hokey yet still oddly endearing. show more

  • 50
    Slant Magazine

    It confuses nostalgia for earth-shaking cultural upheaval, never really expounding on the actual effect of the Borscht Belt circuit's influence. show more

  • 38
    Mark Feeney Boston Globe

    A documentary about comedy needs to be funny. The old guys, as noted, have definitely lost a lot off their collective fastball. show more

  • 40
    Time Out New York

    What’s missing is the onstage archival footage that would show us why this humor mattered in the first place—there are only a handful of five-second snippets. show more

  • 60
    Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times

    For a disorganized film that has trouble deciding what it's about, When Comedy Went to School can be a lot of fun. show more

  • 60
    Ronnie Scheib Variety

    Ron Frank and Melvut Akkaya’s docu isn’t exactly groundbreaking, but as a brief history of the Catskill resorts, liberally laced with well-edited archival promos, songs, homemovies and extended excerpts from routines by Jewish comics who performed there, it consistently entertains. show more

  • February 17, 2014 everrite
    Report This User

    A fun movie, the critics did\'t like it because there were planty of laughs without using four letter words. Unheard of today.

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