Certifiably Jonathan
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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, 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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 25%

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"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.""
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles 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."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Jim Pasternak's documentary is a sophisticated appreciation of Winters as an unsung multi-talent."
‑ Joseph Jon Lanthier, Slant Magazine
"It's got a great subject -- the extraordinarily voluble comedian Jonathan Winters, whose constant rush of words can be like a blizzard: beautiful, maddening, exhausting and finally beautiful again. But it's not a great film."
‑ Elvis Mitchell, Movieline
"Jonathan Winters is a fine and funny fellow, and deserves better than this."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Faux documentary about the legendary comedian squanders the rich potential of its subject."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"There's a trove of laughs to be found here, courtesy of the ineffable Jonathan Winters, which somewhat override the labored mockumentary gimmick."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Fortunately, Winters' legendary inventiveness as a comedian has not diminished with the years."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Would seem inconsequential under any circumstances, but feels especially threadbare coming on the heels of Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"A whimsical documentary about the elderly comedian Jonathan Winters and his quest to have his paintings exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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