Certifiably Jonathan
Certifiably Jonathan (2011)

Jonathan Winters, 85-year-old comic genius, is a gifted painter. He dreams of having his paintings hang in the Museum of Modern Art. When Jonathan's art exhibitions in Beverly Hills and Las Vegas fail, a discouraged Jonathan is ready to… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 11, 2011
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

For a movie literally about "finding the funny," it's ironic that director Jim Pasternak too rarely does in his fitfully lively but mostly awkward mockumentary "Certifiably Jonathan."

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Observing his subject both on and off medication (Mr. Winters says he is bipolar), Mr. Pasternak has produced a film that feels depressingly exploitative.

Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine

Jim Pasternak's documentary is a sophisticated appreciation of Winters as an unsung multi-talent.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Jonathan Winters is a fine and funny fellow, and deserves better than this.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

Faux documentary about the legendary comedian squanders the rich potential of its subject.

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David Noh
Film Journal International

There's a trove of laughs to be found here, courtesy of the ineffable Jonathan Winters, which somewhat override the labored mockumentary gimmick.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Fortunately, Winters' legendary inventiveness as a comedian has not diminished with the years.

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Nathan Rabin
AV Club

Would seem inconsequential under any circumstances, but feels especially threadbare coming on the heels of Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A whimsical documentary about the elderly comedian Jonathan Winters and his quest to have his paintings exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art.

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