Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy (2004) - Rotten Tomatoes

Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy (2004)



Critic Consensus: Filled with inspired silliness and quotable lines, Anchorman isn't the most consistent comedy in the world, but Will Ferrell's buffoonish central performance helps keep this portrait of a clueless newsman from going off the rails.

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Marking the directorial debut of Adam McKay, former head writer for Saturday Night Live and founder of the Upright Citizen's Brigade, Anchorman is set during the 1970s and stars Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy, San Diego's top-rated news anchorman. While Burgundy is outwardly willing to adjust to the idea of females in the workplace -- even outside of secretarial positions -- he certainly doesn't want his own job challenged. Keeping that in mind, it's no wonder that the arrival of Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), an aspiring newswoman, is, in Ron's eyes, not the studio's most welcome addition. After Veronica pays her dues covering so-called female-oriented fluff pieces (think cat fashion shows and cooking segments), the ambitious Veronica sets her eyes on the news desk; more specifically, on Ron's seat behind it. Not unpredictably, Ron doesn't take the threat lightly, and it isn't long before the rival newscasters are engaged in a very personal battle of the sexes. Anchorman was co-written by Ferrell, and features supporting performances from David Koechner, Steve Carrell, Paul Rudd, Tara Subkoff, and Maya Rudolph. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for sexual humor, language and comic violence)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Adam McKay, Will Ferrell
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 28, 2004
Box Office: $84.1M
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Will Ferrell
as Ron Burgundy
Christina Applegate
as Veronica Corningston...
Paul Rudd
as Brian Fantana
Steve Carell
as Brick Tamland
David Koechner
as Champ Kind
Fred Willard
as Ed Harken
Chris Parnell
as Garth Holliday
Seth Rogen
as Eager Cameraman
Vince Vaughn
as Wes Mantooth
Danny Trejo
as Bartender
Scot Robinson
as Waiter at Tino's
Maya Rudolph
as Deedra X
Ian Roberts
as Stage Manager
Darcy Donovan
as Hot Blonde
Renee Weldon
as Petite Brunette
Jerry Minor
as Tino's Bassist
Kevin Corrigan
as Paul Hauser
Charles Walker
as Security Guard
Justin Long
as Chris Harken
Jay Johnston
as Eyewitness News Memb...
Chad Everett
as Jess Moondragon
Peter Hulne
as Man in Kitchen
Adam McKay
as Custodian
Judd Apatow
as News Station Employe...
Debra McGuire
as News Station Employe...
Kent Shocknek
as Network Reporter
Monique McIntyre
as Yelling Woman
Chuck Poynter
as Announcer
Esmeralda McQuillan
as Middle Class Mother
Angela M. Grillo
as Elderly Woman
Lionel Allen
as Wealthy Family Fathe...
Trina Johnson
as Wealthy Family Mothe...
Mary Alice G. Goodin
as Wealthy Family Child
Jasmine Nicole Jacks...
as Wealthy Family Child
Glen Hambly
as Middle Class Dad
Stuart Gold
as Nursing Room Residen...
Bill Kurtis
as Bill Lawson
Luke Wilson
as Frank Vitchard
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Critic Reviews for Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy

All Critics (196) | Top Critics (40)

Takes a joke and runs with it -- sometimes too far, but usually long enough to wear you down and force you to submit to its craziness.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Incredibly silly yet often hilarious...

Full Review… | May 24, 2012
Reel Film Reviews

[A] very funny, silly, and well acted comedy that must be watched for the great laugh out loud performances, and gut busting gags.

Full Review… | April 6, 2011
Cinema Crazed

Silly comedy that's definitely not for kids

Full Review… | December 21, 2010
Common Sense Media

It's nearly perfect.

Full Review… | November 29, 2010
Projection Booth

By no means ... a great movie. But I not only understand why some people love it, I think I'm even beginning to love it a little myself.

Full Review… | September 26, 2010
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Audience Reviews for Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy

Starts well but falls apart in the middle, extremely patchy from that point on.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

In the last 10 years there hasn't been a comedy that is more quotable and hilarious on repeat viewings than "Anchorman". I saw this is the theater and immediately fell in love. 9 years later I figured I would revisit it before the big sequel to see how much it holds up, and damn it is still hilarious. Will Ferrell is a comedic genius, and this is his best role ever(well, maybe tied with "Old School"). The rest of the cast is amazing, and looking back this kind of started the big push for Paul Rudd and Steve Carrell. After this they had "40 Year Old Virgin" and just kind of blew up from there. I love this movie and still quote it often, from "I love lamp" to "I have many leather bound books". Amazing comedy that ranks as one of the best of all time, and if you don't agree then I will introduce you to Jack Johnson and Tom O Leary.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

"Anchorman" is a laugh-a-minute film that will have you rolling on the floor. All of these characters are hilarious in their own ways and it has become one of the most quotable films in history, as far as comedies go. The writers really did not have a hard job, because even if they wrote bad dialogue, the actors would save it by adding to it. This is not an amazing film by any means, but if you are watching with a group of people, you will be sure to bust a gut. Will Ferrel and this incredibly talented group of people are perfectly cast in their roles, which is what I think is the best part about it. It may not be the best comedy ever, but it has a lot of laughs and the direction is very well done. "Anchorman" is awesome fun!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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