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Funny Girl (1968)

tomatometer

92

Average Rating: 7.6/10
Reviews Counted: 39
Fresh: 36 | Rotten: 3

Barbara Streisand elevates this otherwise rote melodramatic musical with her ultra-memorable star turn as Fanny Brice.

80

Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 2

Barbara Streisand elevates this otherwise rote melodramatic musical with her ultra-memorable star turn as Fanny Brice.

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"Hello, gorgeous!" was Barbra Streisand's first comment to the Oscar statuette which she won for her performance in this biopic of entertainer Fanny Brice. This is also her first line in the film itself, the catalyst for a movie-long flashback. Repeating her Broadway role, Streisand stars as legendary comedienne Brice (1891-1951), whose life until the mid-1920s is romanticized herein. A gawky New Yawker, Brice fast-talks her way into show business, certain that she's destined to be "The Greatest

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Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Comedy

Isobel Lennart

Nov 21, 2001

Columbia Pictures

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All Critics (41) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (36) | Rotten (3) | DVD (16)

Streisand is stunning, but the film is a trial, particularly when the music disappears somewhere around the 90-minute mark and all that's left is leaden melodrama.

August 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (2)
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This extended Streisand Special has done absolutely nothing to correct the flaws in the Broadway original.

August 12, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine | Comment (1)
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Barbra Streisand in her Hollywood debut makes a marked impact.

August 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Well worth watching, even if most later Streisand movies aren't.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It is impossible to praise Miss Streisand too highly; hard to find much to praise about the rest of the film.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comments (2)
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The fun is there whenever Streisand is, and that could be reason enough for reacquainting yourself with Funny Girl.

October 12, 2001 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Dazzling musical romance is long but entertaining.

February 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

A fine movie musical and a nice reminder of the time when Streisand was a talent rather than a 'phenomenon'.

August 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Few film debuts in the 1960s were more auspicious than that of Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl.

August 12, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

I wish William Wyler's direction was more inventive and humurous (it's his first musical), but Streisand gives a meteoric performance, as Fanny Frice and as herself, showing a tremendous charismatic presence that goes beyond physical looks and acting.

February 7, 2008 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

[Streisand gives] a natural, unforced performance, easily one of the three or four best Best Actresses in Oscar history.

January 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

One of the all-time great film musicals with dazzling Streisand.

June 1, 2007
Video-Reviewmaster.com

You will have made your mind up about Babs one way or the other, but for the rare uninitiated, this is a fine introduction to her talents.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Given how she grew into perhaps the most annoyingly egocentric entertainer in all the world, it's difficult to imagine that Barbra Streisand was once an ingenue.

September 17, 2005 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Comment (1)
TheMovieReport.com

Barbra Streisand gives one of the musical genre's most sublime performances--unfortunately in a stodgy, badly paced, overly produced movie that don't deserve her.

July 31, 2004
Nick's Flick Picks

Hello, gorgeous!

April 3, 2003
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Now more than ever, the time may be right for 'People Who Need People,' one of the many fine tunes that punctuate Funny Girl.

March 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

It looks absolutely gorgeous -- a dye-transfer process has given more life to the already striking colors.

October 21, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

In any other hands this might seem like paper-thin stuff, but Streisand's a consummate professional with the Midas touch.

February 17, 2002 Full Review Source: BBC

Songs like "Don't Rain on My Parade" live triumphantly on.

February 16, 2002 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

...the quintessential star vehicle for its leading lady, the 1968 movie that made Ms. Streisand famous.

October 29, 2001
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for Funny Girl

William Wyler was asked by a friend whether Barbra Streisand had been hard to work with. He replied, "No, not too hard, considering it was the first movie she ever directed." One can only imagine, although it's fairly obvious when watching the film. All power to her. The story couldn't be further from the truth but it is a fantastic musical thanks to Streisand's performance. It is a shame though that Fanny Brice's real story wasn't told, it's a tad disrespectful in that sense although a lot of the nasty stuff is missed out, so maybe she wouldn't have minded. More of her comedy wouldn't have gone a miss but it's hard to complain about such things when it includes some of the greatest musical songs of all time from the classic songwriters Bob Merrill & Jule Styne. All together now 'People....people who need people.....'
February 12, 2014
SirPant

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I was surprised at how relevant this story still is - take a look in the news lately and see how many columnists are talking about our changing work world, the one in which "feminine" skills are much more in demand and as a result, men have begun to feel insecure and less confident when they aren't the provider they've been socialized to be. Nick Arnstein (Omar Sharif) turns increasingly to gambling in his attempt to keep up with his love (Barbra Streisand)'s success. I found his story to be almost the more interesting, intermittently updated though it was.

Before seeing this, I wrote it off as something old-timey for Broadway fans that plays all too well in the Borscht Belt, but it's not without its charms. A cliched story of a rise to fame, sure, and full of music that I don't really like, and a bit on the long side - there's a serious lull late in the second hour - but you shouldn't ignore the fact that William Wyler helmed this film. It's well-shot and funny and inspiring, on the whole, and a justifiable classic that's worth seeing once.
October 10, 2012
danperry17

Super Reviewer

Whyyyyy is this movie so long? There's nothing I dislike more than an overstuffed musical. Babs is cute, sometimes.
May 26, 2012
jennifxu

Super Reviewer

    1. Fanny Brice: Hello, gorgeous.
    – Submitted by Dutch E (13 months ago)
    1. Fanny Brice: Ziegfeld is waiting for me. For me! You see, you were wrong, Mrs. Strakosh.
    – Submitted by Mauricio R (2 years ago)
    1. Fanny Brice: Hello, gorgeous!
    – Submitted by Tyler C (3 years ago)
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