Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story
Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (2005)

Flipping back and forth between the 18th century and the hapless efforts of the 21st century filmakers, 'Tristram Shandy' is the making of a movie adapted from the notoriously unfilmable English literature masterpiece, 'The Life… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: July 11, 2006
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though Laurence Sterne's novel was considered more or less impossible to successfully adapt to film, director Michael Winterbottom has done it in Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story, by making movie about the making of the movie. Stars Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon add madcap, knowing performances to the mix, and the result is a fun, postmodern romp, before there was any modern romp to post.

David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture

Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story is a hall of mirrors that doesn't tease the brain (it's easier to watch than to read about) so much as goose it into submission.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

A Cock and Bull Story is a grand giggle of a film, well worth your time and money and a game well played for the audience.

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Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia

Stands alongside -- if not above -- Adaptation as one of the best films about the process.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

[Michael Winterbottom's] goofy, messy version of Tristram Shandy puts the Fellini back in 'Fellini-esque.'

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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

A hilariously clever picture about the making of a movie that no one will have the slightest interest in. For an experiment about an experiment, it's entirely too much fun.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

A typically rambling, freewheeling effort from Michael Winterbottom...

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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

A wildly imaginative foray into spirited comic anarchy.

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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Probably the best-known but-I-digress novel in English literature, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, has inspired Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story, surely the best but-I-digress movie this side of Adaptation.

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Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

Director Michael Winterbottom may not have proved that you can film this unfilmable book, but he definitely proved he can film a funny movie about trying to film it.

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
Reid Volk
Having seen and fell in love with The Trip first, it was fun to spend more time with characters that I had come to know and love. On top of being a smart and… More
Anthony Lawrie
A difficult one this. It is very clever, brilliantly satirical and so layered, it is something quite revolutionary. So it is safe to say Michael Winterbottom… More
Ross Collins
When did British comedy become boring? My guess. Sometime around this film's release. There's an average human drama subplot, but the rest is pretty… More
Cameron Sherwell
I don't really get this type of "comedy" and I don't really like Steve Coogan. I do however like Rob Brydan and Gillian Anderson, but apart… More
Stella Dallas
your mileage may vary according to your taste in 18th century literature, british comedy and/or the post-modern film stylings of michael winterbottom/steve… More
Aaron Neuwirth
Tony Wilson: Why "Tristram Shandy"? This is the book that many people said is unfilmable. Steve Coogan: I think that's the attraction.… More

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