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The Lonely Guy (1983)

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Critic Reviews: 4
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In a comedy as flat as the cardboard cut-outs of movie stars that appear in one scene, Steve Martin plays Larry Hubbard, a wild and lonely guy who has been dumped by his girlfriend. Since misery loves company, he takes up with Warren, a fellow Lonely Guy (Charles Grodin), and eventually both Warren and Larry find some surprising companions, especially after Larry writes a best-selling Lonely Guy Guide. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi

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Dec 15, 1998

MCA Universal Home Video

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Martin's trademark wacky humor is fitfully in evidence, but seems much more repressed than usual in order to fit into the relatively realistic world of single working people.

October 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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The kind of movie that seems to have been made to play in empty theaters on overcast January afternoons.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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It tries a little bit of everything, and winds up with an air of messy desperation.

August 30, 2004 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Arthur Hiller's direction exudes a flavorless professionalism, a quality that doesn't count for much in this context.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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A mindless comedy that's about as funny as a life sentence in solitary confinement.

October 3, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Funny stuff.

July 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

An inventive comic meditation on being single.

August 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Alternando o besteirol e a comédia de situações, o filme é consistentemente engraçado e surpreendentemente sensível. Um dos melhores da carreira de Steve Martin.

March 22, 2004
Cinema em Cena

The least satisfying of Steve Martin's early movies.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Martin and pathos just don't mix.

November 3, 2002
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Very funny, early Steve Martin comedy. Has some great bits including a gag with spary-on sweat and another with cardboard stand-ups doubling as friends for lonely guys. Not Martin's funniest film, but it's up there.

August 9, 2002
Countingdown.com

Gets funnier with age.

July 26, 2002
Las Vegas Mercury

Audience Reviews for The Lonely Guy

If you're sad and lonely, watch this great comedy, you'll still be lonely but at least you wont be sad about it anymore!
January 17, 2011
ajv2688

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Mildly amusing sitcom in which Steve Martin discovers that being a pathetic loser has it's upside. The script was by Neil Simon, which explains it's "Woody Allen lite" feeling. Inoffensive, but rarely hilarious.
March 16, 2007
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The title of this movie pretty much says it all. This is a movie about a lonely guy who is searching for some love. He's tormented by his own loneliness and this movie follows him in his search for a woman to fall in love with. A classic Steve Martin movie, very good.
January 23, 2011
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One of the weakest of Martin's 80s movies. Quite dated, but still worth a watch if you're a hardcore fan.
December 28, 2009
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