Lenny (1974)

Adapted by Julian Barry from his own Broadway play, this film manages to be both brutally frank and highly romanticized in detailing the life and career of influential, controversial stand-up comedian Lenny Bruce. The chronology jumps… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1974
DVD Release Date: April 16, 2002
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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Valerie Perrine delivers a heartbreaking performance, one which earned her the Best Actress prize at Cannes as well as Best Supporting Actress awards from the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Board of Review.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Well done, but somehow lifeless biopic.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner

A sturdy biopic with a fine Dustin Hoffman performance.

Emanuel Levy

As helmed by Fosse and interpreted by Dustin Hoffman, Lenny is too fragmented and episodic to illuminate the controversial comedian but it's a personal, prophetic film, offering insights into the real life and death of Bob Fosse as a filmmaker.

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Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

A bravura turn by Hoffman, plus Fosse's kinetic direction make this an unforgettable biography.

Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central

A movie that trades on the word "hip," Lenny has a lot to show for itself twenty-eight years later.

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Mark Bourne

His performance may feel too Actors Studio at times, but he radiates his broad-spectrum intensity until Lenny becomes something of a Dustin Hoffman film festival in miniature.

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Moira Sullivan

Dustin Hoffman succesfully transmits to screen some of the rage of Lenny Bruce, a hard role to digest and project.

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Melvin White
Lenny Bruce: Did you know that Eleanor Roosevelt gave Lou Gehrig the clap?  "Lenny's Time Has Finally Come." Lenny is a decent biopic of an… More
Pierluigi Puccini
Biopic of the notorious comedian Lenny Bruce, a man who wasn't afraid of using a coarse vocabulary to raise conciousness over a hypocritical society, and… More
Matthew Roe
Dustin Hoffman teams up with one of the most tragic figures in modern moviemaking, Bob Fosse, to bring us a biopic of one of the greatest, most influential and… More
Michael Gildea
Lenny is a biopic that feels more like a documentary but seems to dwell on feelings instead of fact. If that makes any sense. The black and white photography is… More
Spencer S.
The lines between fact and fiction blurred again and again, making a point to show Bruce's extreme drug use, profanity, and Bruce's life, as some… More
Tim Salmons
Another fantastic performance from Dustin Hoffman.