Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story Synopsis
The life story of Tristram Shandy as he sees it, with literary jokes and dark humor.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
If that sounds highbrow and pretentious, it's not. The neat trick of Tristram Shandy is that the whole thing comes off as a lark.
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100

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Rather than adapt the novel per se, Winterbottom has adapted Sterne's hilarious attempts to make the mess of life fit the neat contours of...
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The first great, mind-tickling treat of the new movie year.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Because their work is so varied, the director Winterbottom and Boyce, his frequent writer, are only now coming into focus as perhaps the...
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The movie's still a wickedly droll put-on. Better yet, beneath the fun lurks a dry and weary sigh at life's refusal to match the tidiness...
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88

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
More fun than a company picnic - and a lot more fun than the classic 18th century novel that inspired it - Michael Winterbottom's Tristram...
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The result is a movie more concerned with movie-making than with the stuff of Sterne's great book, but a movie that's good for lots of...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
A highly amusing combination period film and mockumentary.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
It's really inventive and bizarre and marvelously entertaining.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Sheri Linden
Long deemed unfilmable, the 18th century novel finds the perfect interpreters in director Michael Winterbottom and actor Steve Coogan.
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Rated R | For language and sexual content