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Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story
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 and Opinions of Tristram Sahndy, Gentlemen,' written by Laurence Sterne. The story begins with Tristram Shandy (Steve Coogan) narrating his life story as he sees it. Crammed with literary jokes and dark humor, Shandy's warped childhood tales are constantly interrupted by his family and household, inadvertently revealing far more about himself than… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture
"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."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Stands alongside -- if not above -- Adaptation as one of the best films about the process."
‑ Luke Goodsell, Empire Magazine Australasia
"Coogan and Brydon make a beautiful squabbling couple"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"If you go into this movie expecting a traditional narrative tale, you may get discouraged. You have to throw away your expectations and sit back and wait to see what happens ... if anything."
‑ Jette Kernion, Cinematical
"[Michael Winterbottom's] goofy, messy version of Tristram Shandy puts the Fellini back in 'Fellini-esque.'"
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"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."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"A typically rambling, freewheeling effort from Michael Winterbottom..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Equal parts literature and lunacy."
‑ Brandon Fibbs, BrandonFibbs.com
"A successful mix of literary adaptation, meta-fictional discourse and inside-showbiz comedy. Both funny and clever."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"A wildly imaginative foray into spirited comic anarchy."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"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."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"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."
‑ Scott Nash, Three Movie Buffs
"For those who can appreciate the movie's ironic, self-referential nature, this is a thoroughly engaging, near-brilliant comedy."
‑ Felix Gonzalez Jr., DVD Review
"[O]ne of the cleverest deconstructions and modernizations of a work of classic literature cinema has ever achieved..."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
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