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It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010)



Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 129
Fresh: 75 | Rotten: 54

It's amiable, and it does a surprisingly good job of sidestepping psych ward comedy cliches, but given its talented cast and directors, It's Kind of a Funny Story should be more than just mildly entertaining.


Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 34
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 10

It's amiable, and it does a surprisingly good job of sidestepping psych ward comedy cliches, but given its talented cast and directors, It's Kind of a Funny Story should be more than just mildly entertaining.



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It's 5 a.m. on a Sunday in Brooklyn. Craig Gilner is bicycling up to the entrance of a mental health clinic. This bright 16-year-old is stressed out from the demands of being a teenager. Before his parents and younger sister are even awake, Craig checks himself into Argenon Hospital. But the youth ward is temporarily closed -- so he finds himself stuck in the adult ward. One of the patients, Bobby, soon becomes both Craig's mentor and protégé. Craig is also quickly drawn to another 16-year-old


Drama, Comedy


Anna Boden, Ryan Fleck

Feb 8, 2011


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All Critics (129) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (75) | Rotten (54) | DVD (7)

It's Kind of a Funny Story lacks substance, but after you've spent a short time in this ward, you have to agree with Craig: These crazies aren't so bad.

January 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Comment (1)
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A pleasant movie, but no more.

January 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The journey is aided immeasurably by the casting of Keir Gilchrist as young Craig. He has dark, sensitive eyes and a probity about him that wins you to his side.

November 6, 2010 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, the film's co-writing-directing team, are too principled to tip the film into the slacker reaches of sorrow.

October 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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The writing-directing team of Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden have created a solid mix of serious, darker scenes and flights of fancy.

October 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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The acting is strong, with Galifianakis doing an especially good job as the likeable Bobby.

October 11, 2010 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Galifianakis [is] able to turn on a dime; balancing his disarming humour with moments of anguished outbreaks. His is one of the best supporting performances of recent memory; equally funny and heartbreaking. If only I could say the same of the movie.

August 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Quickflix

For all its problems, though, the film is easy-going, frequently channels into a sweet-natured tone and is able to raise a few chuckles.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

It may not be One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, but it's also not Patch Adams.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source:

...runs out of steam about half way through but with a likable cast and an interesting setup you'll want to finish what you started.

March 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Film Fix
Daily Film Fix

It's also a kind of two-dimensional romance, a kind of flippant look at life on a mental ward, and (...) kind of made me want to give Zach Galifianakis a hug.

February 1, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

The film's central element -- its sensitive exploration of a young teen's emotional confusion -- creates strong audience empathy, however, and gives Fleck and Boden a fertile focus for their signature light-hearted humanist storytelling.

January 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

Wavering between affecting dramedy and goofy asylum- com, this is an enjoyable but superficial placebo that soft-soaps the realities of psychological disorder.

January 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

[A] flimsy, box-ticking quirk fest.

January 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Scotsman

As a self-help sitcom, it feels both glib and icky. Glicky?

January 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

In the end, like the instantly-forgettable title, it's kind of neither one thing nor the other and certainly no match for the likes of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest or even Girl, Interrupted.

January 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
Birmingham Post

Boden and Fleck expertly negotiate the fine line between sunny optimism and deepest despair, as Craig's emergence into a renewed love for life is offset by the rather different kind of departure that is delicately hinted for another main character.

January 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Film4

This boy doesn't need therapy or happy pills but a large slap round the chops.

January 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK] | Comment (1)
Daily Mirror [UK]

No it's not. It's kind of a rubbish story.

January 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian

As disposable as a paper cup and, for such promising directors, a serious regression.

January 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

It's a fine teen film - and how often do you see those words in the same sentence?

January 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

It kind of isn't.

January 4, 2011 Full Review Source: News of the World | Comments (2)
News of the World

I'm pretty sure if I'd seen this movie when I was 17, I would have loved it.

December 21, 2010 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

In the end, the title of the film contains an irony that may be lost on the filmmakers: this is kind of a funny story, no more, no less.

December 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
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Audience Reviews for It's Kind of a Funny Story

When I first saw the traielr for this, I feared it was going to be some big rip off of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and, while there are traces of that, the film thankfully is not that, and is its own little thing. That, and since Fleck and Boden were behind it, I got the feeling that this seemed like the sort of film they'd make anyway.

While the film is a little underwhelming and feels a bit too precious or indie, or trite and a little too neat and tidy (which is actually addressed in the film), I liked it. I wanted more, but this didn't leave me unsatisfied, either. The writing was a little weak, and Craig didn't really seem like he needed to be at the hospital, but I found myself able to relate to him and some of the other characters...maybe more than I'm comfortable with, actually.

Where this film really shines is with the acting. As others have said, Galifianakis knocks it out of the park, showing that he really does have some legit and serious acting chops. He gives a really nuanced performance that seems like we knew he had it in him, but just needed to see it to be sure. I look forward to seeing him do more stuff like this. The rest of the cast is good too. Lots of known names and faces, but not in a gimmicky stunt casting sort of way. Galifianakis owns this one, but Emma Roberts is also really quite good, and also achieves the right balance given the type of character she's playing. Keir Gilchrist is not bad as Craig, but I think could have been just slightly better.

While this film didn't grab me like I thought it would, it's decent enough, and should be pleasing in some way for just about anyone who sees it.
August 15, 2013
Chris Weber

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I don't wanna be a dick and say teenagers don't have real problems, or even that the teenager in THIS movie has no real problems, BUT the teenager in this movie certainly has issues articulating his problems, so I am left with the impression that this movie just wanted to create a young romance in an unconventional location but neglected to set up the proper groundwork for mental illness or distraction.
July 29, 2012

Super Reviewer

A week in a mental ward is one sobering reexamination and reappraisal for one depressed teen in this predictable New York dramedy. Zach plays Yoda.
July 15, 2012

Super Reviewer

It's a very gentle portrayal of mental instability and I really liked it for that. The mental ward was so peaceful and loving. I'm glad this fictional character got to stay in this kind of environment.
April 20, 2012

Super Reviewer

    1. Craig: Run, travel, swim, skip....yeah I know it's lame but whatever, skip anyway. Breathe. Live.
    – Submitted by Kent H (2 years ago)
    1. Craig: Sometimes I wish I had an easy answer for why I'm depressed. That my father beat me, or I was sexually abused. But, my problems are less... dramatic than that.
    – Submitted by Ondreia P (2 years ago)
    1. Craig: Sometimes I wish I had an easy answer for why I'm depressed. That my father beat me, or I was sexually abused. But, my problems are less... dramatic than that.
    – Submitted by Ondreia P (2 years ago)
    1. Joanie: Um, everybody our new guest Craig is having what we call an artistic block. He doesn't know what to draw.
    2. Humble: How 'bout beavers?
    3. Joanie: Humble we don't, uh we don't draw the kind of beavers you're talking about...
    4. Humble: Oh really? (shows picture of beaver)
    5. Joanie: That's... actually nice. I thought it was going to be a vagina, that's nice.
    – Submitted by Melissa I (3 years ago)
    1. Bobby: All I have to wear to the interview is this sweater.
    2. Humble: It's a nice sweater.
    3. Bobby: No it's not. It smells like a hobo's Band-Aid.
    – Submitted by Deborah W (3 years ago)
    1. Craig: [During a basketball practice in the hospital] How'd you end up in here?
    2. Bobby: Man, you don't give up, do you? I'm on vacation
    3. Craig: Seriously.
    4. Bobby: I am serious. Some people go to Hamptons. I come here. Get a little R&R. People feed you. I get high sometimes, man.
    5. Craig: That's not what I've heard about you.
    6. Bobby: [sigh] What did you hear?
    7. Craig: Craig: [hesitating a bit] I heard you tried to rape a penguin at the zoo
    8. Bobby: Bobby: [straightening up] Who told you that?
    – Submitted by Lumi A (3 years ago)
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