100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It's one of the best documentaries ever made about show business, about what it really consists of and what it demands.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
She's a teller of hilarious gutbucket truths as surely as Lenny Bruce and Richard Pryor ever were. Yet while they were consumed by their demons, Rivers is just the opposite.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
One of the smarter, more unexpectedly touching documentaries of the year, and I recommend it to you whether you love Rivers or loathe the very thought of her.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
There's not a timid, sympathy-begging minute in it. Even better, you leave Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work with the exhilarating feeling that the lady is just hitting her stride.
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85

NPR

By Bob Mondello
As the film demonstrates over the course of a full year with her, and not a great year by any stretch -- there is more to this particular hard-charging, egomaniacal, joke machine than gets revealed onstage.
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80

Movieline

By Stephanie Zacharek
Rivers appears to have more energy than most 30-year-olds; she gets more done in a day that some of us could accomplish in a week.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
A highly entertaining documentary revealing a serious talent behind the one-note present-day reputation.
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
What she thinks of herself, though, seems perfectly, if improbably, reasonable--a queen of comedy who won't and shouldn't abdicate.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Stern and Sundberg, best known for their Darfur documentary "The Devil Came on Horseback," did not shrink from the atrocities in Sudan; nor do they shrink from the fame-hungry excesses here.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
If you're looking for an incisive portrait of self-generated stardom, you won't do better than this.
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79 out of 100
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