A charming, though occasionally off-target -- and consistently tempo-challenged -- romantic comedy.
| Original Score: 2/4
The most cloying family meeting since A Very Brady Christmas
Una comedia romántica muy menor, predecible e intrascendente que desaprovecha por completo el talento de un buen elenco. Una lástima.
| Original Score: 2/5
What's wrong with Steve Carrell? His is one of the quickest falls from comedy to crap since Chevy Chase.
| Original Score: 1/4
A creature made of gingerbread and hugs.
I prefer a little more dysfunction in my dysfunctional family comedies.
| Original Score: 3/5
Carell and Binoche are great fun to watch, doing just what the movie requires (not much, as scripted by Pierce Gardner and director Peter Hedges) and then some.
Carell seems to be at his best when he is put in awkward situations and is forced to make a fool out of himself, and there are plenty of those moments in Dan in Real Life.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Alas, [Hedges'] forays behind the camera with Pieces of April and now Dan in Real Life indicate he's got Sundance intentions but a Hallmark Channel soul.
Writer/ director Peter Hedges likes to touch on deeper emotional truths, but he doesn't have the courage to really probe his characters' struggles in a meaningful way.
| Original Score: 69/100
Because it touches on the universal themes of loss and love so honestly, it is a film that feels authentic even in its many contrivances.
...ultimately succumbs to an egregious emphasis on inauthentic elements...
didn't really get it
| Original Score: 2.5/4
I wound up enjoying most of what I saw, despite its familiarity and predictability. The film's got a good heart.
| Original Score: 7/10
Okay for forgiving romance fans, and a maybe-see for the rest of us.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
It attempts to take a Three's A Company situation and mix it together with a widower trying to raise three children. This is not cool.
| Original Score: 5/10
Dan in Real Life is a film willing to admit that love is messy and that family, no matter how strained, is still the most perfect cauldron within which to ferment all those things that make life worth living...
| Original Score: 6/10
It's hilarious and painful as only real situations can be, and Hedges directs his excellent cast, with sensitivity and wry humour.
It's hard for a film like this not to come off as too sweet, but this grown up comedy manages in making it a real gem.
| Original Score: 8/10
Writer-director Peter Hedges ('Pieces of April') maintains a perfect balance between the comedy and the romance.
| Original Score: B