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IGN: The Comedian Review

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Say what you will about David O. Russell, but there’s something that the filmmaker is able to do nowadays that very few others are - get awards-worthy performances out of Robert De Niro again. With an already spotty track record over the past few years, the legendary actor reached a new low last year with Dirty Granpda, a raunchy comedy that was neither funny nor entertaining, and you likely don’t need to look much further than that film’s supremely abysmal quality to understand what led so many to have hope in The Comedian.

They wouldn’t be wrong to do so either, since on paper, The Comedian has all the makings of being a perfectly fine film at the very least. A supposedly thirty-years-in-the-making passion project for De Niro, director Taylor Hackford’s latest project not only features an inarguably strong cast for itself, but also lets De Niro play an aging comedian with a plethora of opportunities for the actor to make a return to form with the role.

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