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Carl Reiner's semi-autobiographical novel Enter Laughing makes a largely successful transition to the screen. Reni Santoni plays the Reiner character, here named David Kolowitz. A machinist's apprentice in Depression-era New York, David dreams of becoming the new Ronald Colman. Defying the wishes of his parents (Shelley Winters, David Opatoshu), David lands a nonpaying job in a seedy theatrical production directed by broken-down ham Marlowe (Jose Ferrer). That the young aspiring actor knows nothing about his "craft" is evident the moment he speaks his first stage… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Reiner has directed a film version that sticks closely to the words of the play but destroys much of its sly insight into the dawning of awareness in darkest Bronx."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Carl Reiner's 1967 debut film is, oddly, better made than any of his subsequent features."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"A small, overlooked gem of a movie."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"An uneven film."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Strident coming of age comedy based on Carl Reiner's semi-autobiographical novel."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Slow, stagey Carl Reiner bio-based comedy."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"A low-pressure, quietly amusing story based on Carl Reiner's entry into show business."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Enter Laughing made a star out of Alan Arkin on Broadway, but Santoni is hopeless in the lead, lacking both the charm and the wit to pull it off."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The autobiographical incidents are less engaging for the viewers than the protagonist."
‑ , Film4
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