Review summaries of the Oscar nominated & Emmy winning film
New York Times' Janet Maslin: Compelling... poignant. Lenny Bruce's last laugh echoes throughout Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the Truth. An intimate and affectingly nostalgic portrait.
New York Post: Mesmerizing... utterly fascinating. Weide improves on Bob Fosse's film Lenny by offering the real thing. A stunning tribute to the legendary comic, as funny as it is poignant. Complemented by Robert De Niro's eloquent narration.
Village Voice's Amy Taubin: Amazing. Robert Weide's film comes as close as a 94-minute biopic can to resurrecting its subject. Weide gets the big stuff right and he's also attuned to the echoes. Twelve years in the making, Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the Truth could not be released at a more opportune moment.
New York Daily News: Robert Weide's Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the Truth, an informative and entertaining study of the legendary comic turned First Amendment martyr, is something we should all be thankful for. Weide has unearthed some amazing footage.
The Hollywood Reporter: Fascinating. This cogent, well-organized, informative and engrossing documentary is a must-see. It tells an important story, and it does so with insight and intelligence.
T.V Guide On-Line: Weide's portrait comes as a welcome and long overdue tribute. Weide unearths some priceless footage. A solid biography.
Long Island Voice: Fascinating... mesmerizing. Bruce's range was enormous and it took Weide to hammer it home.
Boston Globe: Provocative. This film is a historical wake-up call.
New York Post: The documentary is exceptionally powerful. The story is about much more than just a comic. It is about the way society treats non-conformists who threaten established values, the need to be vigilant about constitutional rights, and much more.
San Francisco Chronicle: Rating -- Wild Applause
San Francisco Observer: A powerful portrait of a man, an artist, and a misfit in a repressed society.
Daily Variety: A loving tribute 12 years in the making, Swear to Tell the Truth emotionally argues Bruce's place as the most innovative thinker to emerge from the stand-up comedy circuit.
SF Weekly's Michael Sragow: What's amazing is how well Weide fleshes everything out. He manages to portray the brilliant taboo-smashing comic without hero worship or sanctimony. This documentary honors Bruce without defanging him. It stands on its own as a valiant piece of work.