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  • Series Premiere Date: Dec 18, 2018
Ellen DeGeneres: Relatable Image
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Mixed or average reviews- based on 36 Ratings

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  • Summary: Filmed in Seattle's Benaroya Hall, Ellen DeGeneres reflects on her life and career in her first stand-up special since 2003.
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Events & Specials
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    Dec 19, 2018
    80
    Relatable fulfills a number of missions within its hour-plus running time. It is smart, genuinely funny and true to the comedian’s brand, and it reminds us that DeGeneres, the daytime figure synonymous with kindness and incredible gift-giveaways, also is entitled to her darkness.
  2. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Dec 18, 2018
    75
    Relatable, but especially enjoyable.
  3. 70
    Not all of Ellen DeGeneres: Relatable is that sharp, carefully crafted, or, frankly, as interesting [as her opening gambit]. As she moves into the middle of the hour, DeGeneres uses a few bits that feel directly imported from a monologue on Ellen. ... The sharpest, most deeply felt material comes when DeGeneres instead grapples with her feelings about her celebrity status, and the simultaneous gift and burden of her role as a daytime talk show host.
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Wilstein
    Dec 18, 2018
    70
    As refreshing as it is to hear DeGeneres open up in a more nakedly honest way than we are used to seeing, she’s at her purest comedically in the special when she returns to the type of observational humor that made her famous in the first place.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Dec 23, 2018
    9
    We stumbled on this the other night. I'm an Ellen fan, but watching this really reminded me why. We laughed about every 15 seconds at herWe stumbled on this the other night. I'm an Ellen fan, but watching this really reminded me why. We laughed about every 15 seconds at her material. There's just no one like her. She's smart in that easy relaxed way. She really connects to her audience. Her juxtaposition of laughs around her extreme wealth and privilege against her (lesbian) girl next door demeanor was surprisingly funny. I was also reminded of her being blackballed in Hollywood for 3 years after publicly coming out--and her success is her revenge. Not the edgiest material, but classic Ellen. I'll watch it again when I feel a need to lighten up and hang with my old friend Ellen. Expand
  2. Dec 29, 2018
    8
    Ellen is back and her material is as good as ever. I really hope she continues to release new stand-up I have always loved her style.
  3. Dec 20, 2018
    6
    I love Ellen, but this was soooo boring. I had like 3 laughs and I DON'T actually mean laughs but like "HA, THAT'S FUNNY!" And that is it... II love Ellen, but this was soooo boring. I had like 3 laughs and I DON'T actually mean laughs but like "HA, THAT'S FUNNY!" And that is it... I like her talkshow better, she should stick to that. Expand
  4. Dec 23, 2018
    5
    Her observations about flying, restaurants, etc. seemed very unoriginal. Talking about how coming out and being yourself is important may haveHer observations about flying, restaurants, etc. seemed very unoriginal. Talking about how coming out and being yourself is important may have been radical in the 90s but now it's almost painfully trite. The best comedians combine (more interesting) observations about life with political messages into longer bits. Ultimately, my disappointment in this special highlighted how far standup comedy has come in the 15 years since Ellen last performed. That said, I love Ellen and she's charming so it was worth watching just for an hour of Ellen time. Expand
  5. Dec 28, 2018
    5
    It's OK - I don't know how else to describe this standup. Ellen doesn't seem like she ever settles in to a groove and the jokes aren't allIt's OK - I don't know how else to describe this standup. Ellen doesn't seem like she ever settles in to a groove and the jokes aren't all that great but at the same time the show is still watchable because Ellen is a master at relating to crowds. Too bad the jokes aren't consistently better. Expand
  6. Jan 7, 2019
    4
    Quite funny but a bad case of humblebragging surely? "Past my People Awards..." What is her point exactly? No one has said she is rubbish soQuite funny but a bad case of humblebragging surely? "Past my People Awards..." What is her point exactly? No one has said she is rubbish so why show off. And why are those women whooping all the time every time she makes one of these self-glorifying remarks? It's yet another case of the Curse of the Netflix Special. It takes a long time to get enough good material to fill an hour... there's no shortcut. Expand
  7. Dec 27, 2018
    1
    Ellen is messed up ..... it's horrible .... I've never seen such a weak stand up

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