Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis
Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis (2012)

He is one of the most controversial filmmakers alive - at once praised by the French as a genius and an auteur, eschewed by American critics who dismiss his comedy as "low-brow," acknowledged by observers for his decades of… More

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Rated: Unrated
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DVD Release Date: January 22, 2013
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Robert Lloyd
Los Angeles Times

Whatever Method leaves out, most of what it includes is worth a look.

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Troy Patterson

The documentary's camera captures the lensmen from an angle designed to make a tiny swarm of shutterbugs appear like a teeming plague, and you quickly begin to distrust the film's perspective in the most literal sense.

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Mark Dawidziak
Cleveland Plain Dealer

Barson's documentary is as much a celebration as it is a study of this long career in comedy

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Hank Stuever
Washington Post

The old clips are still a hoot, but there's a limit to how much compressed air a viewer can take, listening to a bunch of old men talk about how funny their friend was.

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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times

The weakness of this documentary is that it doesn't give us Mr. Lewis, warts and all.

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Matt Roush
TV Guide

As we watch, it's clear we'll always be Jerry's kids, engulfed in helpless laughter and admiration.

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Brian Lowry

Barson has made a doc too narrow in scope, with about as much substance as a meringue pie in the face.

Nancy DeWolf Smith
Wall Street Journal

Strong too is a desire to praise him by fellow comedians, who may have regarded the making of this film as a chance to pay tribute while the object of their admiration was fully able to appreciate it.

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