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The A.V. Club
Like "The Aristocrats," Looking succeeds smashingly both as a comedy and as a savvy deconstruction of comedy.
I liked the movie. I smiled a lot. It maintained its tone in the face of bountiful temptations to get easy laughs.
Though it risks political incorrectness every step of the way, film is more a pleasant laugher than a sharp-edged satire.
This Brooks is a comedian who forgets the golden rule of "know your audience." He thinks he'll get his laughs if he keeps doing the same act with better lighting.
New York Magazine (Vulture)
Brooks is looking for comedy in all the wrong places. He's no longer his own White Whale. He's something slower, in a shell--his own turtle.
Village Voice
Almost despite itself, this is a deeply pessimistic movie.
You don't have to be a Muslim, or a humorless person of any persuasion, to find Brooks' performance excruciating.
Entertainment Weekly
The movie isn't racist; it's just lame. If Brooks truly cared about Muslims or how their funny bones worked, Looking for Comedy might have had some zing, but all his character is interested in is the 500-page report he has to deliver - a homework assignment from hell.
Film Threat
Unfortunately, Brooks errs badly by having his film centered in India. Yes, India - which, as most people know, is not a predominantly Muslim country. Rather than look for comedy in the Muslim world, Brooks uses this film to make fun of contemporary Indian society.
Dallas Observer
A particularly painful event for those of us weaned on Brooks' earliest films, Saturday Night Live shorts and vintage clips of his deadpan standup appearances. It contains precisely two funny moments.

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