Whatever Method leaves out, most of what it includes is worth a look.
Hank Stuever, Washington Post
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.
Brian Lowry, Variety
Barson has made a doc too narrow in scope, with about as much substance as a meringue pie in the face.
Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
The weakness of this documentary is that it doesn't give us Mr. Lewis, warts and all.
Nancy DeWolf Smith, Wall Street Journal
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.
David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle
It's enough to convince you that Woody Harrelson is right: If you don't appreciate Jerry Lewis, I don't want to hang with you.
Mark Dawidziak, Cleveland Plain Dealer
Barson's documentary is as much a celebration as it is a study of this long career in comedy
Troy Patterson, Slate
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.
Matt Roush, TV Guide's Movie Guide
As we watch, it's clear we'll always be Jerry's kids, engulfed in helpless laughter and admiration.