The Opening Act

critic Reviews

, 83% Fresh Tomatometer Score
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    Owen GleibermanVariety
    Jimmy O. Yang gives a slyly appealing performance as a comic who may be too good a person to be a nightclub star.
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    Robyn BahrHollywood Reporter
    Lacking tangible emotional depth, and, frankly, much laugh-out-loud humor at all, The Opening Act is surprisingly underdeveloped for an intimate story about ambition and sacrifice.
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    Sheila O'MalleyRogerEbert.com
    A very insightful insider-baseball look at the creative process.
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    Sean CollierBox Office Prophets
    You could make a documentary about modern stand-up comedy and it wouldn't have half the truth of The Opening Act.
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    Joe FriarThe Victoria Advocate
    The film showcases the struggle of aspiring stand-up comics with an A-list cast that helps deliver the laughs.
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    Nate AdamsThe Only Critic
    Director Steve Bryne keeps "The Opening Act" light, immersive, and breezy, not pushing the boundaries of his script or characters beyond their capabilities with Jimmy Yang making the biggest impression among a sea of comedic giants.
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    Jeffrey M. AndersonCommon Sense Media
    This indie drama features several comedians in roles of all kinds, but, oddly, it has very few laughs; still, it works in its own quiet way. with touching characters and a fascinating setting.
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    Todd JorgensonCinemalogue
    Yang generates sympathy with his awkward nervous energy, and the film resonates with behind-the-scenes authenticity.
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    Mark DujsikMark Reviews Movies
    When these characters talk ... The Opening Act becomes about generosity and encouragement ... [E]verything between those scenes doesn't live up to them.
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    Charles KoplinskiIllinois Times
    However, by concentrating on what motivates these performers to lay themselves bare as they do, the movie proves to be something more than just a one-note entertainment.
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