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Jonathan Winters, Robin Williams, Jeffrey Tambor, Sarah Silverman, Patricia Arquette ... see more see more... , David Arquette , Rosanna Arquette , Gary Owens , Ryan Stiles , Rob Reiner , Howie Mandel , Robert Klein , Jimmy Kimmel , Kevin Dunn , Nora Dunn , Tim Conway , Nikita Ager , Dominic Keating , Jim Pasternak

Jonathan Winters, 85-year-old comic genius, is a gifted painter. He dreams of having his paintings hang in the Museum of Modern Art. When Jonathan's art exhibitions in Beverly Hills and Las Vegas fail... read more read more..., a discouraged Jonathan is ready to abandon his dream. The filmmakers decide to help by hunting down a famous critic and show him Jonathan's paintings. He believes Jonathan is "the missing link between Miro and Dali" and convinces the Museum of Modern Art to give Jonathan a show-but only if he paints three new paintings. Jonathan launches into a painting frenzy but disaster strikes when his favorite painting is stolen, causing him to lose his sense of humor (He claims that a witch doctor trapped him in a bathroom and sucked the humor from his body.) Without his sense of humor Jonathan cannot paint. About to lose his big show, Jonathan tries everything to get back his humor. With the help of a shrink, a new age healer, a sťance with the Arquettes, Robin Williams, Sarah Silverman, Howie Mandel, Nora Dunn, Ryan Stiles, Gary Owens and others, Jonathan sets out on a quest to get his mojo back.--© Official Site

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Unrated, 1 hr. 19 min.

Directed by: Jim Pasternak

Release Date: February 11, 2011

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Gary Goldstein
March 31, 2011
Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times

For a movie literally about "finding the funny," it's ironic that director Jim Pasternak too rarely does in his fitfully lively but mostly awkward mockumentary "Certifiably Jonathan." Full Review

Roger Ebert
February 17, 2011
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Jonathan Winters is a fine and funny fellow, and deserves better than this. Full Review

Lou Lumenick
February 11, 2011
Lou Lumenick, New York Post

Fortunately, Winters' legendary inventiveness as a comedian has not diminished with the years. Full Review

Jeannette Catsoulis
February 11, 2011
Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times

Observing his subject both on and off medication (Mr. Winters says he is bipolar), Mr. Pasternak has produced a film that feels depressingly exploitative. Full Review

Frank Scheck
February 10, 2011
Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter

Faux documentary about the legendary comedian squanders the rich potential of its subject. Full Review

Nathan Rabin
February 10, 2011
Nathan Rabin, AV Club

Would seem inconsequential under any circumstances, but feels especially threadbare coming on the heels of Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work. Full Review

Ronnie Scheib
February 9, 2011
Ronnie Scheib, Variety

Winters deserves better. Full Review

Nicolas Rapold
February 9, 2011
Nicolas Rapold, Village Voice

The big-kid-bulky Dayton-born comedian gets some welcome playtime in Jim Pasternak's patchwork tribute, but not nearly enough. Full Review

Joseph Jon Lanthier
February 16, 2011
Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant Magazine

Jim Pasternak's documentary is a sophisticated appreciation of Winters as an unsung multi-talent. Full Review

David Noh
February 11, 2011
David Noh, Film Journal International

There's a trove of laughs to be found here, courtesy of the ineffable Jonathan Winters, which somewhat override the labored mockumentary gimmick. Full Review

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