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David Brent: Life on the Road

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United Kingdom, United States · 2016
1h 36m
Director Ricky Gervais
Starring Ricky Gervais, Ben Bailey-Smith, Rebecca Gethings, Jo Hartley
Genre Comedy, Music

A camera crew follows David Brent, the former star of the fictional British series, "The Office" as he now fancies himself a rockstar on the road.

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Empire by

Ricky Gervais very much plays the hits in an undercooked but occasionally funny big screen revival that suffers from a crippling case of de ja vu. Brent’s last goodbye? You’d hope so.


Variety by Catherine Bray

A late third-act turn into sentimental territory, in which the original show’s misanthropy is sugared up, may feel artificial to viewers drawn to the series’ persistent despairing streak; still, it makes a certain sense given that the film would otherwise entirely lack an emotional arc.


The Guardian by Henry Barnes

It’s a rehash that neither develops the character nor betrays him. It simply assumes that we still share his weaknesses and therefore care about the fool.


Total Film by Paul Bradshaw

As a comedy creation, David Brent is still a masterwork, and the film works best when the pathos hits as hard as the punchlines. But Life on the Road should probably be the leaving party we all thought had been thrown a few times already.


The Telegraph by Robbie Collin

Happily, what’s in no short supply is the same mix of uproarious failure and sledgehammer pathos that Brent at his best was always all about.


CineVue by Tom Duggins

It mostly holds together, but you'd have to hope that David Brent: Life on the Road represents the farewell tour.


Time Out London by Tom Huddleston

Being stuck in a cinema with David Brent for 96 minutes can be trying (the lazy ending doesn’t help). But when Gervais is on an improvisational roll, Brent digging himself deeper and deeper into some awful pit of social awkwardness, we can’t help but remember why we love to hate them both.

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