Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

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"This behind the scenes, behind the makeup, behind the plastic surgery documentary catches Rivers hard at work, ridiculously hard at work."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Acting is about honesty, and there's something evasive about both this film and its subject."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"it's amazing to look into her world and see the chaos in which she inhabits"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Rivers' story is an inspiration, regardless of your background. If there is anyone who is aspiring to be in the entertainment industry, this is the doc to watch. Joan Rivers' life is the blueprint for any artist, comedienne, or actor."
‑ Clay Cane,
"...a well made, sporadically fascinating documentary..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"The new documentary on Joan Rivers is so in your face, so fraught with harrowing, oversized personal stuff, you might want to get a theatre seat a couple of rows behind where you normally sit, to safely take it all in."
‑ Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail
"A compulsively watchable look at Rivers, show business and the price one pays to try to continue succeeding in it."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"This delicious documentary did teach me about one of Joan's most important assets, and that's her dirty, dirty mouth."
‑ Chase Whale, Gordon and the Whale
"[A] sad, startling exploration of the vagaries of fame, the insecurities of celebrity, and the realities behind the typical 'but it's just a joke' excuses that prop up cheap, vulgar humor."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"I had no idea how hard she works and how funny she is. Show business may be easy for some people, but it is tough for Joan Rivers."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Welcome to the on-screen psychoanalysis of Joan Rivers, of which she seems equal parts willing participant and antagonist."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"Rivers comes across as someone much more complex and vulnerable than her abrasive "Can we talk?" persona. There's a real woman under there, and she's pretty great."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"Laugh clown, laugh. Even though your heart is breaking..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"This is a woman who's taken any number of private and public punches and keeps on going. The portrait here is neither flattering nor unsympathetic."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"If you want an insight into human nature, stand up comedy and stand up comedians are a great looking glass, as long as you're prepared for all that pain. All great comedy is cruel, and Joan Rivers does cruel really well"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
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