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After a much-publicized departure from hosting NBC's Tonight Show - and the severing of a 22-year relationship with the network - O'Brien hit the road with a 32-city music-and-comedy show to exercise his performing chops and exorcise a few demons. The "Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television Tour" was O'Brien's answer to a contractual stipulation that banned his appearance on television, radio and the Internet for six months following his last show. Filmmaker Rodman Flender's resulting documentary, Conan O'Brien Can't Stop, is an intimate… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

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"It's hard to feel sorry for a guy who banked millions for not hosting "The Tonight Show" anymore, but it's also fascinating to see a man this compulsively driven to get back in front of people and tell jokes, to hear the laughter, to soak in the applause."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"Just as he promised, amazing things happen."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, NPR
"It's rather stunning, but sometime down the line, our beloved Conan O'Brien ... he turned into Larry Sanders."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"The movie is pretty standard behind-the-scenes fare most of the time, but kudos to O'Brien for allowing the filmmakers to portray him in a light that's not always flattering."
‑ Eric Melin,
"It's (the) insight and honesty that elevates the film, transforming it into an inspiring -- if a shade or two less than truly intimate -- portrait of an immensely likable man"
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"While a lot of geography is covered, as a concert film, Conan O'Brien Can't Stop is decidedly thin entertainment."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Meta-irony can get a guy who's still grinding an ax only so far."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"The film captures the exhaustive healing process he had to endure to emerge (relatively) cleansed."
‑ Simon Foster, Screen-Space
"An alternately revealing and concealing vanity project that gives O'Brien a chance to vent his anger, ventilate his underlings (with his rapier wit) and play rock star alongside such celebrity enablers as Eddie Vedder and Jack White."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"For supporters of Coco who want some insight in to their folk hero who is one part egomaniac, one part eager to please clown, and one part average Joe looking for the American dream."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"It's ... entertaining, not to mention revealing about the emotional toll exacted upon people who, in O'Brien's words, "feed their bone marrow to the wood chipper that is television.""
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Forget talk shows; Coco should keep touring and making films like this."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"...depicts a fiercely talented performer who has created...a temple to his own cult. While the resulting spectacle may be distasteful in its egotism and indulgence, there's no doubting the drive and devotion of a man for whom the world truly is a stage."
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"...a compact, compelling study of the classic manic comic personality in full overdrive."
‑ Chris Barsanti, PopMatters
"For the most part, Conan O'Brien Can't Stop plays like a fairly typical tour documentary..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
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