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Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work

HD   R Closed Captioning

Ricki Stern

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About the Movie

JOAN RIVERS - A PIECE OF WORK takes the audience on a year long ride with Joan Rivers in her 76th year of life; it peels away the mask of an iconic comedian, laying bare both the struggle and thrill of living life as a groundbreaking female performer. Filmmakers Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg (THE DEVIL CAME ON HORSEBACK, THE TRIALS OF DARRYL HUNT) expose the private dramas of this irreverent, legendary comedian as she fights to keep her career thriving in a business driven by youth and beauty.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 103
  • Fresh: 94
  • Rotten: 9
  • Average Rating: 7.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: 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. – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: 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? – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: She remains one of the funniest, dirtiest, most daring and transgressive of stand-up comics, and she hasn't missed a beat. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Rivers comes across as a consummate professional but also a genuine person, ruthlessly honest about her life decisions and utterly devoid of self-pity. – J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews


If you have anything against Joan, leave your sentiments at the door and truly experience the validity of her talent. There's a scene (this is NOT a spoiler) involving the sheer number of jokes she's written throughout her career, and although it's logical to assume that this number would be great (considering her age and experience), it's truly beyond anything you'd ever imagine.

If nothing else, this film offers a unique and candid view on the phenomena of celebrity. It shows more than just the "brighter side" of fame; it shows when the fire is begining to extinguish and the individual has to fight emotionally and physically to get ahead.

Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work- 10 stars, because 5 is not enough.

Loved it!

This is a great documentary. I actually liked it much more that I expected to and I learned alot about Ms. Rivers that I never knew. It's clear she loves what she does and she fully intends to keep doing it until the day she dies which you have to respect.

<3 <3 <3

joan rivers just proves she is the queen of comedy....she really loves what she does and isnt scared to tell it how it is

Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2010

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