Funny Cow

Out Now On-Demand

UK comedy-drama charting the rise of a comedian (Maxine Peake, The Theory of Everything), set against a backdrop of Northern England working men's clubs in the '70s and '80s.


Directed by

Written by

Comedy, Drama


Rating: R16 Domestic violence, sexual material & offensive language


The Independent (UK)


Funny Cow is one of the best British features of the year so far: an abrasive, tender and continually surprising affair whose comic moments sit next to scenes of irredeemable bleakness.

The London Evening Standard


This film is interested in the point where hate and humour meet. Its protagonist is a real cow. I loved her to bits.

The Telegraph (UK)


It's...honest about the cesspools of knee-jerk racism and other forms of bigotry that passed for humour in the bad old days - some of which even the heroine dredges up to make her mark.

The Times (UK)


It's a tough, passionate and compassionate account of survival at all costs (what would you do, and say, to escape a desperate life?) and a troubling portrait of an unsavoury element of national character that still very much exists.

FilmInk (Australia)


Somewhat melodramatic, but truthful, and the core relationships, themes and emotions that run through the film are wholly universal.

Hollywood Reporter


One of those intriguing but raggedy films that ultimately adds up to less than the sum of its promising parts...

The Guardian


There is no moral, and in the words of Jerry Seinfeld, there is no hugging, no learning. There is just a hypnotically belligerent performance from [Maxine] Peake, whose anti-heroine explodes like a firework, burning herself to an ashy crisp.

Empire (UK)


A fractured jumble of a fictional rise-to-fame (sort of) story that's held together by a powerhouse performance from Maxine Peake. (James Croot)


A challenging, but sometimes compelling drama about 1970s Britain.

Listener (Peter Calder)


As a character piece, it is going through the motions, and as a comedy, it dies quietly.