• Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (2010)

Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work

Release Date: June 11th, 2010

DVD Release Date: December 14th, 2010

R |1 hr 24 min

Plot Summary

This revealing documentary follows the life and career of Joan Rivers, a veteran comedienne arguably more known for her extensive plastic surgery than for her talent. The film explores her early years in the comedy industry and touches on her longtime professional relationship with Johnny Carson, who is one of many celebrities featured, along with George Carlin, Phyllis Diller, Kathy Griffin and Rivers' own daughter and frequent screen partner, Melissa Rivers.

Director: Ricki Stern , Annie Sundberg

Genres: Documentary

Production Co: Break Thru Films

Keywords: Engaging, 1990s, 1970s, 1980s, New York City, Daughter, Rise, Fall, 2000s, Los Angeles

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    John DeForeThe Hollywood Reporter

    A highly entertaining documentary revealing a serious talent behind the one-note present-day reputation. show more

  • 80
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    What she thinks of herself, though, seems perfectly, if improbably, reasonable--a queen of comedy who won't and shouldn't abdicate. show more

  • 75
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Stern and Sundberg, best known for their Darfur documentary "The Devil Came on Horseback," did not shrink from the atrocities in Sudan; nor do they shrink from the fame-hungry excesses here. show more

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