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Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story
A group of actors and filmmakers set out to adapt an "unfilmable" classic novel -- but find that their own petty concerns get in the way -- in this satirical comedy. Laurence Sterne's 18th century novel The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman told the story of its priggish title character from the moment of conception onward, with a bevy of digressions, distractions, and unfinished anecdotes. In adapting the work for the screen, director Michael Winterbottom chose to stay true to its anarchic spirit: the film begins as a mostly straightforward adaptation of events in… 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
"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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