Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work

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Released 2010

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Released:
2010
Rating:
R

Joan Rivers- A Piece of Work exposes the private dramas of comedian and pop icon Joan Rivers as she fights tooth and nail to keep her American dream alive. A unique look inside America's obsession with fame and celebrity - Joan's story is both an outrageously funny journey and a brutally honest look at the ruthless entertainment industry, the trappings of success and the ultimate vulnerability of the first queen of comedy. With unprecedented, unguarded access, the film takes the audience on a year long ride with Joan Rivers in her 76th year of life; it peels away the mask of an iconic comedian, laying bare both the struggle and thrill of living life as a groundbreaking female performer.

Metacritic Score

  • 90

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    This convulsively funny movie takes an up-close and sometimes queasy-personal approach to its motormouth subject, who, when she's not making you howl with laughter (or freeze up in...

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Betsy Sharkey

    She is by turns blue, bitter, hilarious, unbroken; a Hollywood-style portrait in infinite ambition. In that role, Rivers is unforgettable.

  • 80

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    Mixing hilarious standup footage with admiring if not exactly cuddlesome behind-the-scenes glimpses.

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    Comedy, Documentary

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