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Stranger Than Fiction Reviews

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Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia
November 16, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
March 30, 2011
"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 | Original Score: 7/10
Jane Boursaw
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Touching dramedy is heavy; won't interest most kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
October 11, 2010
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 | Original Score: 4/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
August 29, 2009
"Stranger Than Fiction" is a sterile and pedantic comedy that tells much more than it shows.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 28, 2009
Suggests how cleverness can suffocate people
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
Forster lards over his whimsically feeble film with sentimentality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
December 3, 2008
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 | Original Score: 81/100
Felix Gonzalez Jr.
DVD Review
December 2, 2008
It could have been great. But it's just okay.
Brian Marder
Hollywood.com
November 20, 2008
What starts out as a complex, intriguing movie turns stale quickly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
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.
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Brandon Fibbs
BrandonFibbs.com
February 28, 2008
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 | Original Score: 7/10
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
September 22, 2007
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.
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
A literate, literary film with a Hollywood high-concept hitch.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
April 17, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2/5
March 24, 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.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 6, 2007
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 | Original Score: 4/5
February 9, 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.
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