Stranger Than Fiction (2006)



Critic Consensus: A fun, whimsical tale about an office drone trying to save his life from his narrator, Stranger Than Fiction features a subdued performances from Will Ferrell that contributes mightily to its quirky, mind-bending affect.

Movie Info

An IRS auditor has his life interrupted by the sound of a personal narrator who knows his every thought, feeling and action, including when and where he will die.

Rating: PG-13 (for some disturbing images, sexuality, brief language and nudity)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Zach Helm
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 27, 2007
Box Office: $40.1M
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as Harold Crick

as Kay Eiffel

as Professor Jules Hilb...

as Penny Escher

as Dr. Cayly

as Dr. Mittag-Leffler

as Anchorwoman

as IRS Co-Worker 1

as IRS Co-Worker 2

as IRS Co-Worker 3

as IRS Co-Worker 4

as IRS Co-Worker 5

as Young Boy

as Young Boy's Father

as Kronecker Bus Driver

as Polish Woman

as IRS Co-Worker 6

as Bakery Employee 1

as Bakery Customer 1

as Bakery Customer 2

as Bakery Employee 2

as Homeless Man

as Man With Hose

as Commuter

as Large Man on Bus

as TV Author

as Bakery Customer 3

as Bakery Customer 4

as Customer With Tan

as Demolition Foreman

as Demoliton Crew

as Demolition Crew

as Claw Operator

as ER Doctor 1

as Young Male Patient

as ER Orderly

as ER Nurse 1

as ER Doctor 2

as ER Doctor 3

as Head ER Nurse

as Man in Tweed

as Banneker Press Recep...

as IRS Co-Worker 7

as IRS Co-Worker 8

as Old Man on Phone

as Bus Company Manager

as Irritated Man on Bus

as Another Man on Bus

as Accident Witness

as Accident Witness

as Accident Witness

as Accident Witness

as Accident Witness

as Accident Witness

as Doctor Mercator

as Bus Operator

as Bus Operator

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Critic Reviews for Stranger Than Fiction

All Critics (173) | Top Critics (45)

The actors and the filmmakers all take a more restrained approach than you might expect, keeping the humor gentle, and the jokes mostly as literary as the premise.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

An uncommonly plastic bit of Hallmark sentiment-mongering, with exactly the kind of New Age psychobabble ending youâ(TM)d expect.

Full Review… | February 3, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Intriguing possibilities, except Helm and Forster aren't quite Kaufman and Jonze. Once their parallel narratives converge, those hoping for a mind-bending meta-pile-up may feel the movie lacks the courage of its fatalistic fiction.

Full Review… | November 16, 2012
Empire Magazine Australasia

"It's not the best piece of English literature of the last ten years," Dustin Hoffman says of Emma Thompson's newest novel, "but it's not bad." That just about sums up Stranger Than Fiction, too.

Full Review… | March 30, 2011

Touching dramedy is heavy; won't interest most kids.

Full Review… | January 1, 2011
Common Sense Media

Inventively inverting "Adaptation.'s'" anxiety into light romance, "Fiction" is one of the most intelligent, lively, charming and beguiling concept comedies since "Groundhog Day" and a perfect seriocomic splinter of Will Ferrell's big-baby shtick.

Full Review… | October 11, 2010

Audience Reviews for Stranger Than Fiction


Meta sugar.

I loved the bus scenes.

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

Liked this better on a rewatch. Interesting idea.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Most of Willl Ferrell's characters are morons. Ricky Bobby, Ron Burgandy, and so many others just stupid. Normally when I hear Will Ferrell's movies I get excited an then disappointed. This movie is different from the others.

This movie is focused on Harold Crick an IRS agent whose life is being written on by a person who kills off all of her main characters. Crick now has to find a way to stop it. The author learns of what she is doing and is forced with a tough decision to let him live or to write the novel anyway.
This movie isn't one of Will Ferrell's stupid comedies. It truly has a meaning and a great one at that. 5 Stars 1-24-14

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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