Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work
Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work (2010)

A glimpse into the comedic process and private dramas of legendary comedian and pop icon Joan Rivers as she fights tooth and nail to keep her American dream alive.

Rated: R
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Release Date: June 11, 2010
DVD Release Date: December 14, 2010
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Penetrating Rivers' coarse image, this compelling documentary offers an honest, behind-the-scenes look at her career -- and at show business in general.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

This behind the scenes, behind the makeup, behind the plastic surgery documentary catches Rivers hard at work, ridiculously hard at work.

Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Acting is about honesty, and there's something evasive about both this film and its subject.

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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

A Piece of Work is a refreshing look at a reluctant legend, one who's still using all her might to break barriers for the rest of us to get a real kick out of.

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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail

The new documentary on Joan Rivers is so in your face, so fraught with harrowing, oversized personal stuff, you might want to get a theatre seat a couple of rows behind where you normally sit, to safely take it all in.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

A compulsively watchable look at Rivers, show business and the price one pays to try to continue succeeding in it.

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Max Weiss
Baltimore Magazine

You will leave this film remembering that Joan Rivers is one very funny woman (albeit a vulgar one). You will also see her as a woman of great strength, a true show biz survivor.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Welcome to the on-screen psychoanalysis of Joan Rivers, of which she seems equal parts willing participant and antagonist.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

Rivers comes across as someone much more complex and vulnerable than her abrasive "Can we talk?" persona. There's a real woman under there, and she's pretty great.

Chase Whale

It's interesting, it's funny, it's heartfelt, it's heartbreaking, and it's dirty. Everything Rivers wants to be known for.

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Wow, just wow. This movie is probably one of the most incisive, honest, painful, melancholic, roller coaster portraits of Hollywood and the woman chugging in… More
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