The Comedian
The Comedian (2013)

Ed is a stand up comedian in his early thirties, he is handsome, charming, witty and lost. Trying to make it on the London comedy circuit, he spends his nights performing in small rooms above pubs and his days making ends meet at a call… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

For all its honesty, the film feels frustratingly incomplete, a great character in search of a story.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

The film has the whiff of reality, but lacks the imaginative shaping that gives form, meaning and a sort of transcendence to the work of John Cassavetes and Mike Leigh.

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Mike McCahill

Shkolnik knows what it is to be shrugging along in the city with not enough money in your pocket, and no idea what to do with yourself.

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Jason Solomons
The Mail on Sunday (UK)

London-set low-budget The Comedian is baffling. The questions it poses are not flattering: How did it get made? Who on earth would want to watch it?

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Rich Cline

There's some interesting material in this dark British drama, but it's so relentlessly grim that we are never able to connect with anyone on-screen. It doesn't help that all of the characters are pretty unlikeable.

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Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)

Just when you think you've got the measure of it, it'll drift off down another mumbly alley of blind uncertainty about what its protagonist thinks he's doing in life.

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Damon Wise
Radio Times

There's not enough of a story to sustain The Comedian through its frequent lulls, but its lush cinematic style suggests Shkolnik is one to watch.

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Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

The world is reaching out to gay romance right now. But it takes a lot of reaching to like Tom Shkolnik's The Comedian, or even to understand what it is saying.

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Chris Blohm
Little White Lies

The meandering life of a London stand-up comic makes for a meandering movie experience.

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