The Bitter Buddha
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The Documentary takes an unconventional journey with a true "comic's comic". For a few decades, Eddie Pepitone has proven to be a startling force in the alt-comedy scene. Within "The Bitter Buddha" we follow Eddie as he deals with a middle-age career surge, while struggling with self-doubt, sobriety, and a challenging family history. (c) Official Site

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film succeeds in reflecting the weird sweetness in Pepitone."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"By turns robustly amusing and wistfully melancholy."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"Half successful standup comic Eddie Pepitone expands the screen from stage to life as he lives his part 24 hours a day."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"It's a solid doc."
‑ Norman Wilner, NOW Toronto
"This is a portrait of an interesting and endearing misanthrope, but someone who we all know lives inside of us. Eddie's just more willing to put it all out there, to express that existential angst most modern people experience."
‑ Katie Walsh, The Playlist
"This loving portrait of the angst-ridden comedian should well lift his profile."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Eddie Pepitone, perhaps the funniest stand-up comedian you've never heard of, gets a deserving close-up in the amusing, freewheeling documentary "The Bitter Buddha.""
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"An enjoyable lighthearted watch about someone you want to root for to succeed."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Few comics with this degree of rage have been this self-aware and comical about it. He's a fascinating blend of NYC anger and L.A. trends. He's a wannabe vegan with road rage. 'Nuff said."
‑ Brian Tallerico,
"As raucous, crass and furiously delightful as the subject's stand-up comedy."
‑ Jamie S. Rich, Oregonian
"The film's unvarying lack of drama or direction can be wearing, but the schlubby originality of its subject fully repays the longueurs."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"The Bitter Buddha strains a little too hard for dramatic heft, but it's nevertheless a compelling, sweet, funny valentine to a comic's comic and a true American original."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"Forget the tears of a clown as it pertains to inner psychology of a comedian -- what about the rage of a clown? That's the principal focus of The Bitter Buddha, a doc that's too polite and removed."
‑ Brent Simon, Shared Darkness
"Engaging, revealing and even a bit moving."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"Pepitone has a caustic yet engaging personality, and the film pays tribute to its subject while capturing what makes him unique."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
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