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