It's Kind of a Funny Story Reviews

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Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jonathan W. Hickman
Daily Film Fix
March 31, 2011
...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.
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
January 31, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
January 27, 2011
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.
Neil Smith
Total Film
January 26, 2011
Wavering between affecting dramedy and goofy asylum- com, this is an enjoyable but superficial placebo that soft-soaps the realities of psychological disorder.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anton Bitel
Film4
January 7, 2011
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.
David Aldridge
Radio Times
January 6, 2011
It's a fine teen film - and how often do you see those words in the same sentence?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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David Jenkins
Time Out
January 5, 2011
A pleasant movie, but no more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Singer
IFC.com
December 21, 2010
I'm pretty sure if I'd seen this movie when I was 17, I would have loved it.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Nick Deigman
Fan The Fire
December 7, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 1, 2010
Normally, when you have a story in which three of the main characters suffer from depression and are suicidal, you would not expect the movie to be particularly funny or uplifting. This is an exception.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Widgett Walls
Needcoffee.com
November 13, 2010
It's a neat comedy without being a neat and tidy comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 6, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)
October 30, 2010
Here is the most uplifting, quirky film I've seen in a long time. It brought me joy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
October 27, 2010
Writing and directing partners Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck have come up with a smart little film, a gentle drama with both an embraceable tone and a refreshing optimism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
October 24, 2010
Even though the film is somewhat mopey, it's also packed with great moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
October 22, 2010
The title kind of says it all
Full Review | Original Score: B
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
October 21, 2010
Enjoyable comedy/drama with an engaging script, appealing characters, a superb soundtrack and terrific central performances from Keir Gilchrist and Zach Galifianakis.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 15, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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