Shakes the Clown
Shakes the Clown (1992)

This black comedy chronicles the fall of one of the world's most unlovable clowns as he plies his trade and tries to survive in Palukaville a town where everyone is more or less a Bozo. Shakes loves women and more than that, he loves… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: January 1, 1992
DVD Release Date: April 4, 2000
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Critic Score: 38% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Basically a redneck drive-in movie in style and delivery.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Clearly achieves what Goldthwait wanted it to, and the unapologetic bluntness of it is itself worthy of praise, however awkward and squeamish.

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Great idea for a tasteless short, but not enough for a feature.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The movie plays like a series of scene outlines -- ideas for how the movie should progress -- that needed more writing and revision before the actors were called in.

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TV Guide

A bizarre comedy that stretches its central gimmick thinner than watered-down carnival taffy.

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Karina Montgomery

The tagline is true - and so are the rumors.

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

Bobcat Goldthwait's first (and worst) cinematic outing...

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Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

Extra credit for beating up mimes!

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

When it works, it's uniquely funny. When it doesn't, it's uniquely bad.

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Flixster Audience Score: 49% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
This movie is a bit weird, but that's what I love about it. Goldthwait has a weird dark sense of humor, and it really makes this movie unique. There is… More