Dan in Real Life Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
October 25, 2007
Has about as much genuine feeling as a cheap greeting card.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 25, 2007
Beneath its aw-shucks, wants-to-be-liked exterior, this is a bankrupt motion picture. It's cloying, artificial, and not the least bit romantic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 1, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
October 25, 2007
No sooner than you're stirred by something surprising or genuinely sweet, you're shaken by another piece of shtick.
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
October 9, 2009
A charming, though occasionally off-target -- and consistently tempo-challenged -- romantic comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 27, 2009
The most cloying family meeting since A Very Brady Christmas
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies
October 26, 2007
Carell can't rescue this sometimes-charming romantic comedy from its real problems.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
December 12, 2007
There is no mistaking Hedges' film for anything other than a saccharine corn-fest, but what keeps it from palling entirely is the strength of the ensemble performances, and the smartly understated writing.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
October 24, 2007
Steve Carell's pursed-lipped awkwardness and sweet buffoonery are both in fine form, but those endearing qualities aren't nearly enough to salvage Peter Hedges's incorrigibly hackneyed film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
October 28, 2007
The fastest way to clear a theater!
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
March 4, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
November 5, 2007
Confuses charm with childishness and romance with the sort of endless yearning in a badly written teen diary. Then there's the misogyny . . . and after the film's family values syrup is tapped out, its WASPy judgmentalism remains.
Geoff Berkshire
Metromix.com
October 25, 2007
Director Peter Hedges overloads his film with characters and then gives them nothing interesting to do.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 26, 2007
Why must so many family-friendly romantic comedies give us such wan, forgettable dialogue and predictable situations? Dan is derivative at best, and feels like filmmaking by focus group at worst.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 25, 2007
Dan in Real Life is an odd title for a movie that hasn't the slightest concept of real life.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Chris Kaltenbach
Baltimore Sun
October 26, 2007
Dan in Real Life wants desperately to be loved. It includes a few laughs...but with all its cloying, tone-deaf attempts at genuine emotional warmth, all it really deserves is to be avoided.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
October 26, 2007
"Dan in Only-in-the-Movies Life" would have been an awkwardly long title, but it would have been a lot more appropriate.
Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
November 7, 2007
Like the movie itself, Carell's performance doesn't really give you a reason to leave home, but if you find yourself watching it, you will be pleasantly surprised. To a degree.
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
October 25, 2007
It's like the cream-and-sugar decaf version of The 40-Year-Old Virgin--sweet enough, but nothing that will keep you from dozing off.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Willie Waffle
WaffleMovies.com
October 25, 2007
even Derek Jeter strikes out once in a while, so Steve Carell was bound to have a stinker eventually, and Dan In Real Life is it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
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