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Crumb (1995)



Critic Consensus: Crumb is a frank and surreal chronicle of artistic expression and family trauma, offering an unblinking gaze into the mind and work of cartoonist Robert Crumb that will endear as much as it unsettles.

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A fascinating, funny and finally troubling documentary about the prolific, iconoclastic underground cartoonist Robert Crumb.

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Critic Reviews for Crumb

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (8)

The movie isn't a testimonial or a valentine. It's unpredictable and galvanizing: an empathetic portrait of the artist that also unveils a trenchant view of an American family's dashed illusions.

January 14, 2019 | Full Review…

One of the most remarkable and haunting documentaries ever made.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Crumb's sense of humor is his saving personal grace and the movie's insurance policy against total immersion into the morbid. But just so you know, Crumb fully earns its most revealing screen credit: 'David Lynch Presents.'

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 4/4
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Zwigoff's film rarely feels exploitative, and the fascination of Crumb and his family should not disguise the director's skill and sensitivity in marshalling his material.

December 13, 2017 | Full Review…

Crumb may be rough around the edges, even occasionally tedious, but what Zwigoff manages to uncover is honest, captivating and strangely visceral.

October 14, 2010 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

(An) offbeat and often uncomfortably revealing portrait of the legendary underground comic book artist Robert Crumb and his brothers, Maxon and Charles...

August 11, 2010 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Crumb

The documentary profiles Robert Crumb, a cartoonist with a fucked up family and a perverse artistic sensibility. A film with depth and probing intellect, Crumb is occasionally uncomfortable and devilishly funny. Its subject is unabashed in his perversion, but the film's real strength is its ability to look beyond the surface of things and give its audience a glimpse into the source of Crumb's disquietude. Overall, more about the man than his art, Crumb is an interesting profile.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

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Odd and wonderful study about Robert Crumb and underground comics with a dark view of America, sex and family.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer


I have a hard time recommending this. The film is a typical talking head doc about comics artist Robert Crumb, with all the traits you'd expect -- childhood, interviews with family and friends, examples of his work. It's definitely interesting, and the guy is a talented artist to be sure. But his style of art, his subject matter and just his general oddball personality make me uncomfortable. This is a man I would not like being stuck in an elevator with.

Cindy I
Cindy I

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