Public Speaking
Public Speaking (2011)

"Public Speaking" is a feature-length documentary in the vein of "American Boy" and "Italian American." The film weaves together extemporaneous monologues featuring Fran Lebowitz with archival footage.The… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 23, 2011
DVD Release Date: May 24, 2011
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

"Public Speaking" is an ode to the art of conversation, and it's a delight.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Fran's sardonic humor is appealing.

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Rob Gonsalves

In Scorsese's hands, the film, propelled along by Lebowitz' voice, becomes a wistful tribute to the New York City of the '70s

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David Fear
Time Out

By the end of this funny, insightful doc, you get a sense of an extraordinary mind that both fueled and fed the zeitgeist. Don't miss it.

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Jeremy Heilman

Little seems sacred in Public Speaking, which makes it an invigorating reminder of a media culture that once was fueled by highbrow wit and provocation.

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Lauren Wissot
Slant Magazine

We catch only glimpses below the surface of this whirlwind of wit as Scorsese steps out of the way and lets Lebowitz herself run the show.

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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice

The quick-witted malcontent, a Morristown, New Jersey, refugee who arrived at Port Authority in 1969, is the best kind of New Yorker: one with a long memory who's averse to nostalgia.

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Chris Barsanti

...[a] amber-lit, relaxed bar-stool hangout of a documentary.

Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International

...that rare film that delivers truly intelligent, original entertainment, with all credit to Lebowitz.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Kyle Fowler
A fun and interesting documentary that rides Lebowitz's charm all the way.
Brian R
I see Scorsese's "Public Speaking" as someone who is ready and willing and open to talk about anything that ticks them off about life and what… More
Walter M.
"Public Speaking" is a documentary about Fran Lebowitz, writer, wit, speaker and occasional guest star on "Law and Order." What also makes… More
cody franklin
This doc is good because Fran Lebowitz is entertaing and it has a nice mix of archival footage. It's very New York City centric, and doesn't have much… More
Alec Barniskis
Its just terribly fun to listen to Fran Lebowitz speak regardless of the topic. I'm not sure what I think of Scorsese's stylistic choices that are… More