Enter Laughing
Enter Laughing (1967)

Carl Reiner's semi-autobiographical novel Enter Laughing makes a largely successful transition to the screen. Reni Santoni plays the Reiner character, here named David Kolowitz. A machinist's apprentice in Depression-era New York,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 25, 1967
DVD Release Date: May 6, 2000
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TIME Magazine

Reiner has directed a film version that sticks closely to the words of the play but destroys much of its sly insight into the dawning of awareness in darkest Bronx.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Carl Reiner's 1967 debut film is, oddly, better made than any of his subsequent features.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A small, overlooked gem of a movie.

Bosley Crowther
New York Times

An uneven film.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Strident coming of age comedy based on Carl Reiner's semi-autobiographical novel.

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Slow, stagey Carl Reiner bio-based comedy.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

A low-pressure, quietly amusing story based on Carl Reiner's entry into show business.

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TV Guide

Enter Laughing made a star out of Alan Arkin on Broadway, but Santoni is hopeless in the lead, lacking both the charm and the wit to pull it off.

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The autobiographical incidents are less engaging for the viewers than the protagonist.

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Ken Stachnik
A book written by Carl Reiner was then turner into a play, Carl Reiner then adapted and directed that play into this movie. And the results are... Uninspired.… More