Its humor is successful and unsuccessful by turns, and although Comedian Carl Reiner is the director, the instinct here is to give most of both credit and blame to Martin.
-John SkowFull Review
An artless, non-stop barrage of off-the-wall situations, funny and unfunny jokes, generally effective and sometimes hilarious sight gags and bawdy non sequiturs.
-Variety StaffFull Review
We get the sense at times that the cast and crew arrived at a location, found the script bankrupt of real laughs, and started looking around for funny props.
-Roger EbertFull Review
The laughs aren't steady, but they're persistent, and the film moves fast enough to compensate for its unevenness.
-Janet MaslinFull Review
An oddball odyssey so strange, filled with non-sequiturs so funny, and decorated by a romance so sweet, it was an inevitable star-maker.
-Simon MiraudoFull Review
92 minutes of direct and sweet surrealism
-Fernando F. CroceFull Review
If only he could have satisfied himself with this area of expertise, people would still talk of Steve Martin as one of the kings of comic cinema.
-Richard LuckFull Review
The comedy runs out of steam when the jerk makes good, but laugh for laugh it's probably a better investment than 10.
-Geoff AndrewFull Review
The whole thing is uneven and slight, but the highlight moments guilty-pleasure us with the sort of stupid-funny that's 'LOL' quotable afterward.
-Mark BourneFull Review
Steve Martin is at the height of his comic powers in this very un-PC comedy.
While The Jerk is an extremely episodic little movie, that's a malady easily forgiven -- simply because the episodes are so damn funny.
-Scott WeinbergFull Review
Martin's one-liners are pretty funny, very dry, and awfully quotable.
-Christopher NullFull Review
Pretty funny star vehicle.
The next time Marting considers a script like BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE, he should watch this and remember when he was funny.
Classic Steve Martin
Despite its shortcomings, THE JERK is a good example of how the big screen welcomes some comedians much more easily than others
An early watered down version of the crude comedy the Farrelly Brothers would later take to new extremes.
-Almar HaflidasonFull Review