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

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    Stephanie ZacharekMovieline

    Rivers appears to have more energy than most 30-year-olds; she gets more done in a day that some of us could accomplish in a week. show more

  • 80
    John DeForeThe Hollywood Reporter

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

  • 85
    Bob MondelloNPR

    As the film demonstrates over the course of a full year with her, and not a great year by any stretch -- there is more to this particular hard-charging, egomaniacal, joke machine than gets revealed onstage. show more

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