Shakes the Clown
Shakes the Clown (1992)

This black comedy chronicles the fall of one of the world's most unlovable clowns as he plies his trade and tries to survive in Palukaville a town where everyone is more or less a Bozo. Shakes loves women and more than that, he loves… More

Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: April 4, 2000
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Critic Score: 37% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Basically a redneck drive-in movie in style and delivery.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

A bizarre comedy that stretches its central gimmick thinner than watered-down carnival taffy.

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Karina Montgomery
Cinerina

The tagline is true - and so are the rumors.

Janet Maslin
New York Times

Shakes the Clown has been photographed as poorly as it was conceived.

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Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

Extra credit for beating up mimes!

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

When it works, it's uniquely funny. When it doesn't, it's uniquely bad.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The movie plays like a series of scene outlines -- ideas for how the movie should progress -- that needed more writing and revision before the actors were called in.

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Great idea for a tasteless short, but not enough for a feature.

Brian Mckay
eFilmCritic.com

Sporadically, but hilariously, funny. Goldthwait is great as the alcoholic, mime-hatin' clown.

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Flixster Audience Score: 50% Flixster User Reviews
AJ Verser
This movie is a bit weird, but that's what I love about it. Goldthwait has a weird dark sense of humor, and it really makes this movie unique. There is… More