Filmmakers Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg document a year in the life of the comedy pioneer as she works tirelessly to keep her career thriving in a youth-driven culture.
" This behind the scenes, behind the makeup, behind the plastic surgery documentary catches Rivers hard at work, ridiculously hard at work. "
" The insecurities that seem to feed Rivers's often angry humor -- and that have left her face looking like a mask frozen in horror -- are left unexamined. "
" By the end of Stern and Sundberg's portrait, you feel a great fondness for this tough cookie, who says she plans for her career to outlast George Burns' -- who was still working in his mid-90s. "
" A compulsively watchable look at Rivers, show business and the price one pays to try to continue succeeding in it. "
" Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work is [a] testament to the enduring resilience and indefatigable wit of its subject. Age cannot wither her, nor Botox stale her infinite hilarity. "
" Rivers comes across as a consummate professional but also a genuine person, ruthlessly honest about her life decisions and utterly devoid of self-pity. "
" Stern and Sundberg made The Devil Came on Horseback (about the massacres in Darfur) and The Trials of Darryl Hunt (about a wrongful incarceration nightmare), and they have a fine eye for detail. "
" Acting is about honesty, and there's something evasive about both this film and its subject. "
" She remains one of the funniest, dirtiest, most daring and transgressive of stand-up comics, and she hasn't missed a beat. "
" Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work is one of the smarter, more unexpectedly touching documentaries of the year, and I recommend it to you whether you love Rivers or loathe the very thought of her. How is this even possible? "
" It's one of the best movies ever made about the brutal and unforgiving world of show business, and what it takes to survive in it for decades. "
" The undeniably fascinating and entertaining documentary that looks at the audacious entertainer in the seventy-fifth year of her life. "
" Were James Brown still with us, he'd have to at least share his "hardest working man in showbiz" honors with Rivers. "
" Rivers comes across as someone much more complex and vulnerable than her abrasive "Can we talk?" persona. There's a real woman under there, and she's pretty great. "
" You really do get the sense that she is tuning out the camera half the time and you're getting honest glimpses of everything. "
" Welcome to the on-screen psychoanalysis of Joan Rivers, of which she seems equal parts willing participant and antagonist. "
" The new documentary on Joan Rivers is so in your face, so fraught with harrowing, oversized personal stuff, you might want to get a theatre seat a couple of rows behind where you normally sit, to safely take it all in. "
" Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, a hilarious and unsettling look at the rewards and costs of compulsive celebrity, shows Rivers in all her multifaceted glory. "
" The portrait that emerges is of a woman who is vain, anxious, profane, reckless, honest and frequently brilliant. "
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