Critic Consensus: Gilbert pays tribute to a veteran comedian whose famously grating act belies his thoughtful personality -- and anchors a surprisingly insightful film.
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The last thing the world needs right now is another portrait about the fraternity of comedians and their hardscrabble existence as America's schlubbiest road warriors... but "Gilbert" rises above the glut thanks to the strength of its subject.
In Neil Berkeley's fascinating, very funny and sometimes quite melancholy "Gilbert," we get to see the hunched-over, eccentric, surprisingly thoughtful man behind the comedic myth...
The film's least persuasive passages come when some of the interviewed comics decry what they see as PC culture... But if you're a fan of Gottfried, you'd know he's always tried to be on the right side of the joke...
A tenderly observed, remarkably insightful keeper. No joke.
But while Gilbert may not break ground with its angle, its contemplative take on what separates Gottfried as a performer from Gottfried as a person is interesting enough to drive the film, even if you may not particularly like his stand-up.
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