The Independent
The Independent (2001)

Imaginary Z-grade 1960s exploitation film producer Morty Fineman (Jerry Stiller), who was responsible for such faux-works as Buddy Cops V: Hayseed and Toughnut, sci-fi blaxploitation flick The Foxy Chocolate Robot, and, of course, Heil… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: November 30, 2001
DVD Release Date: September 30, 2003
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Critic Score: 60% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

When it's trying to be a more conventional comedy, it's mostly pretty bad.

John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press

While [Stiller] and everyone else look like they're having a great time working on a shoestring, their movie too often retells the same joke.

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Beth Accomando

Stiller should get an Oscar for his performance as Fineman and that's no joke. This is a role of a lifetime and Stiller relishes the opportunity.

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Erin Meister
Boston Globe

A charming and funny look at the independent filmmaking business and the thin line between a masterpiece and a $9 nap.

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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News

A mockumentary that is as endearing as it is silly.

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Really, truly, one of the funniest movies of the last decade.

Melanie McFarland
Seattle Times

Good but not great.

Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle

Garofalo, wary but indulgent as the director's estranged daughter, has great comic rapport with Stiller.

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Christopher Null

has enough raw talent to elevate it above the usual mockufare

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Flixster Audience Score: 48% Flixster User Reviews
Stephen Earnest
It's just plain stupid in every sense of the word, but Stiller is hilarious and the film exceeds any expectations. The scene where the reporter is… More
Stephen Earnest
I think that Jerry Stiller has one of the best comedic performances ever here.
Adam M.
Comedy with Jerry Stiller as a B-movie director known for his "interesting" films. When he decides he wants to make a new film about a serial… More