Funny Cow

Coming Soon On-Demand 21 November 2018

UK comedy-drama charting the rise of a comedian (Maxine Peake, The Theory of Everything), set against a backdrop of Northern England working men's clubs in the '70s and '80s.

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Comedy, Drama

102mins

Rating: MA15+ Strong themes and coarse language

UK

The Independent (UK)

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Funny Cow is one of the best British features of the year so far: an abrasive, tender and continually surprising affair whose comic moments sit next to scenes of irredeemable bleakness.

The London Evening Standard

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This film is interested in the point where hate and humour meet. Its protagonist is a real cow. I loved her to bits.

The Telegraph (UK)

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It's...honest about the cesspools of knee-jerk racism and other forms of bigotry that passed for humour in the bad old days - some of which even the heroine dredges up to make her mark.

The Times (UK)

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It's a tough, passionate and compassionate account of survival at all costs (what would you do, and say, to escape a desperate life?) and a troubling portrait of an unsavoury element of national character that still very much exists.

FilmInk (Australia)

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Somewhat melodramatic, but truthful, and the core relationships, themes and emotions that run through the film are wholly universal.

Hollywood Reporter

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One of those intriguing but raggedy films that ultimately adds up to less than the sum of its promising parts...

The Guardian

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There is no moral, and in the words of Jerry Seinfeld, there is no hugging, no learning. There is just a hypnotically belligerent performance from [Maxine] Peake, whose anti-heroine explodes like a firework, burning herself to an ashy crisp.

Empire (UK)

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A fractured jumble of a fictional rise-to-fame (sort of) story that's held together by a powerhouse performance from Maxine Peake.

Stuff.co.nz (James Croot)

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A challenging, but sometimes compelling drama about 1970s Britain.

Listener (Peter Calder)

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As a character piece, it is going through the motions, and as a comedy, it dies quietly.