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Stranger Than Fiction Reviews

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Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia

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 Source: Empire Magazine Australasia | Original Score: 3/5

November 16, 2012
Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net

"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 Source: ComingSoon.net | Original Score: 7/10

March 30, 2011
Jane Boursaw
Common Sense Media

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

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

January 1, 2011
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com

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 Source: Suite101.com | Original Score: 4/4

October 11, 2010
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

"Stranger Than Fiction" is a sterile and pedantic comedy that tells much more than it shows.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: C-

August 29, 2009
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Suggests how cleverness can suffocate people

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 28, 2009
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix

Forster lards over his whimsically feeble film with sentimentality.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 23, 2009
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

Some of Will Ferrell's biggest fans might find it overly tame and subtle, but it's interesting, enjoyable and a revelation to see he can keep his pants on and still entertain.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 81/100

December 3, 2008
Felix Gonzalez Jr.
DVD Review

It could have been great. But it's just okay.

Full Review Source: DVD Review

December 2, 2008
Brian Marder
Hollywood.com

What starts out as a complex, intriguing movie turns stale quickly.

Full Review Source: Hollywood.com | Original Score: 2/5

November 20, 2008
Bob Mondello
NPR.org
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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 Source: NPR.org

October 18, 2008
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review

The movieâ(TM)s unforgivable logical flaws and gummy platitudes donâ(TM)t sink it...thanks to Ferrellâ(TM)s fine and humane performance.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 3/5

August 7, 2008
Brandon Fibbs
BrandonFibbs.com

Stranger Than Fiction is not a fluff film. Far from it. Literate and engaging, it may parade around in nonsensical clothes, but just scratch the surface and a vast reservoir of post-modern existentialism is revealed.

Full Review Source: BrandonFibbs.com | Original Score: 7/10

February 28, 2008
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org

The place where the film runs into problems is in trying to decide, like Harold, as to whether or not it is a comedy or a tragedy. As we know, comedy sells much better and that's the direction the film leans.

September 22, 2007
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

Though there are enough interesting moments to keep it refreshing, Mr. Helm's script never rises above its conceit to reach the giddy Charlie Kaufman heights to which it aspires.

Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 14, 2007
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts

A literate, literary film with a Hollywood high-concept hitch.

Full Review Source: Film Scouts | Original Score: B+

June 21, 2007
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total

No es ni una comedia, ni una tragedia, ni una historia de amor, ni una fábula. Es ni más ni menos que una idea original mal desarrollada, que no entretiene lo suficiente y que conduce a ninguna parte.

Full Review Source: Uruguay Total | Original Score: 2/5

April 17, 2007

Stranger Than Fiction never rises above its eye-catching premise, ending up as nothing more than a great idea with absolutely nowhere to go.

Full Review Source: UGO

March 24, 2007
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

An endearing comedy about the spiritual transformation of a rigid, shy, and lonely I.R.S. agent whose life is upended by forces beyond his control.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 4/5

March 6, 2007

Stranger Than Fiction has a self-regard that can grate, but Ferrell and Thompson give winning performances that suggest the film's aim is true.

Full Review Source: Reeler

February 9, 2007
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