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2015 3.0/5 IMDb 5.7/10 (1.6k) R SuperHD 102 minutes

A washed-up comic journeys through the Mojave Desert to Los Angeles, where he dreams of making it big and reconciling with his estranged daughter.

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Gregg Turkington, John C. Reilly, Tye Sheridan, Amy Seimetz, Lotte Verbeek, Michael Cera, Tim Heidecker, Dean Stockwell Directed by Rick Alverson

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Rotten Tomatoes® Scores
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There's a chic emptiness to "Entertainment," undoubtedly, and anti-comedy constructs that may rub the wrong way, but there's also a spiky intelligence at work too, one that engages through the artifice of disengagement and the illusion of "performance."

Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 2015-11-19

 

It is not fun, but its confrontational style yields dividends.

Tom Keogh, Seattle Times, 2015-11-19

 

A daring and mainly successful black comedy about a dour and depressive comedian on a dead-end tour of California.

J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, 2015-11-19

 

Like Hamburger's meta-hacky comedy routine, the film confronts and challenges in order to produce something increasingly rare in American cinema: an active, engaged experience.

John Semley, Globe and Mail, 2015-11-13

 

Weirdly compelling if student-y and unfocused ...

Kyle Smith, New York Post, 2015-11-13

 

Get with the extreme deadpan tone and long takes, though, and the film feels as brave as it is potentially exasperating.

Steve Dollar, Wall Street Journal, 2015-11-12

 

I left this barbed portrait of a cracking-up comic with more than a little respect for its fearless director, Rick Alverson, and his trusting star, Gregg Turkington. You can't deny that they're a match made in heaven.

Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, 2015-11-12

 

It's a portrait of the comedy tour as odyssey of madness, a plummet into the abyss.

A.A. Dowd, AV Club, 2015-11-12

 

You know the way you can walk out after even a thoughtful, accomplished drama - and then never think of it again? Entertainment will stain you, grub you up, maybe ruin your week.

Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice, 2015-11-10

 

The film is both jagged and suave, like an orchestrated concept album by a garage band.

Richard Brody, New Yorker, 2015-11-09

 

It's what new films ought to strive for: to strike back against the familiar.

Calum Marsh, Village Voice, 2015-03-18

 

Alverson's fourth feature is singular stuff, and it reconfirms the director as one of the truly bold voices in the all-too-homogenous U.S. indie film scene.

Scott Foundas, Variety, 2015-01-24

 

It's a downward spiral that's painful to watch, more pathetic than funny.

Peter Howell, Toronto Star, 2015-11-12

 

Despite its apparently sincere identification with its protagonist, Entertainment feels like a sick joke.

John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter, 2015-10-26

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