Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis
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Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis
He is one of the most controversial filmmakers alive - at once praised by the French as a genius and an auteur, eschewed by American critics who dismiss his comedy as "low-brow," acknowledged by observers for his decades of philanthropic work with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and notorious on both sides of the Atlantic for his on-set perfectionism and his insistence on traveling to vast lengths to get scenes, performances and gags right. He's also, unsurprisingly, as complex and multifaceted as anyone in the entertainment industry. But what is the truth about Jerry Lewis,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

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"Whatever Method leaves out, most of what it includes is worth a look."
‑ Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times
"The documentary's camera captures the lensmen from an angle designed to make a tiny swarm of shutterbugs appear like a teeming plague, and you quickly begin to distrust the film's perspective in the most literal sense."
‑ Troy Patterson, Slate
"Barson's documentary is as much a celebration as it is a study of this long career in comedy"
‑ Mark Dawidziak, Cleveland Plain Dealer
"The old clips are still a hoot, but there's a limit to how much compressed air a viewer can take, listening to a bunch of old men talk about how funny their friend was."
‑ Hank Stuever, Washington Post
"The weakness of this documentary is that it doesn't give us Mr. Lewis, warts and all."
‑ Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"As we watch, it's clear we'll always be Jerry's kids, engulfed in helpless laughter and admiration."
‑ Matt Roush, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Barson has made a doc too narrow in scope, with about as much substance as a meringue pie in the face."
‑ Brian Lowry, Variety
"Strong too is a desire to praise him by fellow comedians, who may have regarded the making of this film as a chance to pay tribute while the object of their admiration was fully able to appreciate it."
‑ Nancy DeWolf Smith, Wall Street Journal
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