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Adapted by Julian Barry from his own Broadway play, Lenny manages to be both brutally frank and highly romanticized in detailing the short life and career of influential, controversial stand-up comedian Lenny Bruce. The chronology hops, skips and jumps between Lenny (Dustin Hoffman) in his prime and the burned-out, strung-out performer who, in the twilight of his life, used his nightclub act to pour out his personal frustrations at great, boring length. We watch as up-and-coming comic Bruce courts his "Shiksa goddess," a stripper named Honey (Valerie Perrine). With family… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As helmed by Fosse and interpreted by Dustin Hoffman, Lenny is too fragmented and episodic to illuminate the controversial comedian but it's a personal, prophetic film, offering insights into the real life and death of Bob Fosse as a filmmaker."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A bravura turn by Hoffman, plus Fosse's kinetic direction make this an unforgettable biography."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"A movie that trades on the word "hip," Lenny has a lot to show for itself twenty-eight years later."
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
"His performance may feel too Actors Studio at times, but he radiates his broad-spectrum intensity until Lenny becomes something of a Dustin Hoffman film festival in miniature."
‑ Mark Bourne, DVDJournal.com
"Dustin Hoffman succesfully transmits to screen some of the rage of Lenny Bruce, a hard role to digest and project."
‑ Moira Sullivan, FilmFestivals.com
"Well done, but somehow lifeless biopic."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"A sturdy biopic with a fine Dustin Hoffman performance."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
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