Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work

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Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
Joan Rivers A Piece of Work.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Ricki Stern
Anne Sundberg
Produced by Ricki Stern
Anne Sundberg
Seth Keal
Written by Ricki Stern
Starring Joan Rivers
Melissa Rivers
Kathy Griffin
Billy Sammeth
Music by Paul Brill
Cinematography Charles Miller
Edited by Penelope Falk
Break Thru Films
Distributed by IFC Films
Release date
  • January 25, 2010 (2010-01-25) (Sundance)
  • June 11, 2010 (2010-06-11) (United States)
Running time
85 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $2,930,687[1]

Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work is a 2010 documentary film about the life and career of comedian Joan Rivers. It premiered at the San Francisco International Film Festival at the Castro Theatre on May 6, 2010.[2]


The film follows Joan Rivers for 14 months, mostly during the 76th year of her life.[3] The film made an effort to "[peel] away the mask" and expose the "struggles, sacrifices and joy of living life as a ground breaking female performer."[4] The New York Times reported that Stern and Sundberg "lucked out" with their timing, starting to film the year before Rivers won Donald Trump's Celebrity Apprentice in 2008.[3]


All appearing as themselves
Archive footage

Critical reception[edit]

The film earned very high critical praise. It scored a 79 from Metacritic based on 34 reviews.[5] As of May 7, 2012, the film has a score of 91% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 94 reviews.[6]

Film festivals[edit]




Box office[edit]

The film had a limited release on June 11, 2010.[10][11] In its opening weekend, the film made $164,351 while playing at 7 theaters.[11][12]

Home media[edit]

On December 14, 2010, A Piece of Work was released on Region 1 DVD and Blu-ray, complete with the theatrical trailer, 10 deleted scenes, and TV spots.


  1. ^ Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work at Box Office Mojo
  2. ^ - Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
  3. ^ a b "A Comic’s Life and Times: Enter Talking or Mocking". The New York Times. June 10, 2010. Retrieved May 16, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Joan Rivers - A Piece of Work". IFC Entertainment. Retrieved May 16, 2012. 
  5. ^ Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work at Metacritic
  6. ^ Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work at Rotten Tomatoes
  7. ^ 2010 Sundance Film Festival
  8. ^ "Tribeca Talks: Joan Rivers--A Piece of Work". Tribeca. Retrieved May 16, 2012. 
  9. ^ "JOAN RIVERS—A PIECE OF WORK". SFIFF. Retrieved May 16, 2012. 
  10. ^ - Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work - Trailers, Videos, and Reviews Movie Database
  11. ^ a b - Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (2010) - Weekend Box Office Results - Box Office Mojo
  12. ^ - Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work - Box Office Data, Movie News, Cast Information - The Numbers

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