Village Voice

The Bitter Buddha is very funny, and for all its bitterness, Eddie Pepitone's comedy is a taste that's easy to acquire.
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The A.V. Club

By Nathan Rabin
The Bitter Buddha closes with Pepitone pondering whether he’s wasted his life by focusing on comedy rather than family, but everything that’s come before suggests that decision has led to a life that’s a triumph rather than a tragedy.
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Los Angeles Times

By Gary Goldstein
[An] amusing, freewheeling documentary.
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The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
The film’s unvarying lack of drama or direction can be wearing, but the schlubby originality of its subject fully repays the longueurs.
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72 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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