Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work Synopsis
Filmmakers chronicle a year in the life of the iconic performer.
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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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A great story about Joan and her life. She is a fighter.

By buffetfan1102
If you love Joan you will love the movie. It deals with the true and real Joan and how she fights to stay alive in todays entertainment world. Go Joan....

Documentary of a funny lady with a great drive.

By shelleyarts
If you are a Joan Rivers fan like I am you will love this movie. If you are not a fan you will be disappointed. Her life was not always easy but she is a survivor and it was interesting to see her...

I loved it

By partav
a very candid look at the life and times of Joan. Part funny, part tragic, part sad...

Joan Rivers

By hbruce257
Enjoyable Entertainment...

Very Good

By nuzman9
Cut to the bone exposure of Joan's real personality....

The true reality of being a "star"

By babydoctoral
A Piece of Work represents an unfiltered view of a life in show business that, while glamorous, is also constantly difficult and demanding. Joan Rivers is to be commended about showing us the reality...

Portrait of a Driven Woman

By carlotta59
This is not so much about Ms. River's humor as the woman behind the curtain: a born performer who is most alive on stage and will do just about anything, including endure humiliation and rejection so...

Tough and smart

By bernheimer
A smart, tough, unvarnished look at a fascinating, tough and smart (also self-destructive, maybe) woman....

Five Word Review

By movieGuy13
Only for diehard Joan fans...

Joan Rivers, Piece of Work

By lindatrvl
Loved it, loved it, love Joan Rivers....

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Rated R | For sexual humor and language