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San Francisco Chronicle
The results are comical and unexpected -- and just a bit eerie.
The New Republic
The screenplay, by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel, based on a French film, has enough sharp gags and plot twists to sustain it, with an ending that manages to be nice.
Ron Howard's version is--no surprise--a funny, audience-friendly entertainment that's ultimately less scathing satire than conventional Hollywood romantic comedy outfitted in trendy new clothes.
The New York Times
With down-to-earth comic instincts, it simply invests its story with a loud ring of truth.
Bleach out the colors, backdate the wardrobes, insert Gary Cooper and Rosalind Russell and you've got one of Frank Capra's lesser films.
Neither a revelation nor a total wash, EDtv is instead solid comic filmmaking. I just can't help but think it could have been so much more.
San Francisco Examiner
The laserdisc of media movies - it plays fine, but it's clunky and cumbersome.
Howard and his writers are so in love with their own hip self-consciousness that it's a wonder they don't feature film critics discussing their movie.
A certain staleness hangs over the proceedings despite the best efforts of the cast and the fun-minded creative team.
Satire in a blanket of bland.
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