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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]

Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byRicki Stern
Anne Sundberg
Produced byRicki Stern
Anne Sundberg
Seth Keal
Written byRicki Stern
StarringJoan Rivers
Melissa Rivers
Kathy Griffin
Billy Sammeth
Music byPaul Brill
CinematographyCharles Miller
Edited byPenelope Falk
Break Thru Films
Distributed byIFC Films
Release date
  • January 25, 2010 (2010-01-25) (Sundance)
  • June 11, 2010 (2010-06-11) (United States)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$2,930,687[1]


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]


Critical receptionEdit

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 festivalsEdit


Box officeEdit

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 mediaEdit

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. ^ "CU Arts". Retrieved September 16, 2017.
  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. ^ "Sundance Institute". Retrieved September 16, 2017.
  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 -2010 -". Retrieved September 16, 2017.
  11. ^ a b "Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (2010) - Weekend Box Office Results - Box Office Mojo". Retrieved September 16, 2017.
  12. ^ "Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (2010) - Financial Information". Retrieved September 16, 2017.

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