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Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy (2004)

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Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 197
Fresh: 131 | Rotten: 66

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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Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 40
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 15

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

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Adam McKay, Will Ferrell

Dec 28, 2004

$84.1M

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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.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Slaps a goofy smile on your face.

July 15, 2004
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It has a pleasing, noodly elasticity about it -- the picture knows what its limits are and proceeds to boogie unself-consciously far outside them.

July 10, 2004 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com
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Wonderfully silly all the time.

July 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post | Comment (1)
Washington Post
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You will laugh. Then you will laugh some more. Then you will laugh still again.

July 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Like most of these sofa-spud comedies, Anchorman bears its attention-deficit disorder proudly, as it shifts tone and abruptly sidetracks.

July 9, 2004 Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Comments (6)
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Whether you hold Anchorman as the best comedy of the modern era or the most overrated, there's little doubt that it's kind of a big deal.

December 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Flix Capacitor
Flix Capacitor

Incredibly silly yet often hilarious...

May 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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.

April 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Silly comedy that's definitely not for kids

December 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

It's nearly perfect.

November 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
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.

September 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Laughs galore follow the well-paced humor as cameo performances by Jack Black, Tim Robbins, and Luke Wilson spice up the buffoonery ingeniously smacked at by the rest of movie's talented ensemble.

July 11, 2010 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

Relentlessly silly but not quite funny parody of 70s network news never quite lives up to its promise.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Comments (2)
Big Picture Big Sound

Some of the material works, some doesn't.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile | Comment (1)
Urban Cinefile

This goofy, energetic comedy flattens out at times but milks its 1970s setting and characters for numerous huge laughs.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Comment (1)
Sacramento News & Review

will ferell makes it big

April 24, 2008

...like a 'Saturday Night Live' skit that got out of hand, a good idea that kept going and going but never quite jelled into a story.

November 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

A crude, funny satire that tackles local television anchors and their newscasts. Those are easy targets to skewer, but the movie mines more truth from its subject than some in the biz will want to admit.

August 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Some of Anchorman is the kind of giddy, nonsensical stuff that can only emerge from a genuinely deranged comic brain.

July 23, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Ostensibly modeled on the egomaniacal Ted Baxter of the old Mary Tyler Moore TV series, this adventure's protagonist is less comical, less endearing, and generally grates on the nerves.

May 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Princeton Town Topics | Comments (12)
Princeton Town Topics

Word is Ferrell got the idea for the film one night while watching a documentary on the male dominated world of 70s television news. His fans should thank their lucky stars the comedian happened to catch it.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

There hasn't been a movie this silly or funny since Austin Powers.

September 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs

...somehow Will Farrell manages to hold the whole mess together.

July 25, 2005 Full Review Source: www.kcactive.com

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy shows that the past has bright future in Hollywood comedies.

July 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Draxblog Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy

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.
December 23, 2013
Everett Johnson

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"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!
December 21, 2013
KJ Proulx

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Stupidity that you have to smile at. I love the scene with the dog and the bear and Christina Applegate is great as a would-be anchorwoman. Can't quite see what she sees in Ron. Lol.
December 8, 2013
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Adam McKay's Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is a senseless sit through.Apparently 90 minutes of a 1970s news anchorman is a watchable piece of work. Part of the story revolves around the issue of women in higher roles in the workplace and the story does have its share of what would be dramatic moments; however, much is shielded by the comedic antics and style of the picture.The humor is mindless and over the top. There isn't much, if any, drop dead laughter, yet even with some of the mature content, there is enough material to stir up some chuckles from time to time.Will Ferrell does what he does best, which makes the Ron Burgundy as popular as he is. The rest of the supporting cast and actor cameos round out a solid cast of characters.The look and feel of Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy gives it its sense of style. Watchable, if only once.
November 17, 2013
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    1. Brick Tamland: I love, carpet. I love, desk.
    2. Ron Burgundy: Brick, are you just looking at things in the office and saying you love them?
    3. Brick Tamland: I love, lamp.
    4. Ron Burgundy: Do you really love the lamp or are you just saying it because you saw it?
    5. Brick Tamland: I love lamp, I love lamp.
    – Submitted by Hunter G (40 days ago)
    1. Brick Tamland: Heh heh! He said hinney!
    – Submitted by Chris G (7 months ago)
    1. Ron Burgundy: I'm in a glass case of emotion.
    – Submitted by Brendan C (11 months ago)
    1. Ron Burgundy: Go fuck yourself San Diego
    – Submitted by Brendan C (12 months ago)
    1. Ron Burgundy: It's so hot. Milk was a bad choice.
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    1. Brian Fantana: They've done studies you know. Sixty percent of the time it works every time.
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