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Stranger Than Fiction Reviews

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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
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
August 28, 2009
Suggests how cleverness can suffocate people
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
Top Critic
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
Jason Gorber
Film Scouts
June 21, 2007
A literate, literary film with a Hollywood high-concept hitch.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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.
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
January 26, 2007
Ferrell rules in this film. I take back my words of prejudice. This is the smartest film in town.
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
January 25, 2007
Writer's block has never been so entertaining.
Jette Kernion
Cinematical
January 24, 2007
It's a shame that Stranger Than Fiction doesn't quite sustain its premise, but it's so entertaining that you might not even notice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Uri Lessing
eFilmCritic.com
January 13, 2007
A concept film, but wow, what a concept!
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
January 11, 2007
Consegue desenvolver sua história de forma sempre interessante e com uma sensibilidade que certamente surpreenderá aqueles que forem ao cinema esperando assistir a uma comédia (algo que este longa não é).
| Original Score: 4/5
Les Wright
culturevulture.net
December 30, 2006
When it flies, it soars. But it develops leaden feet as it spins over into a convoluted, overly long wind down. This is an intelligent, engaging film that gets it right, for the most part, before ultimately capitulating to the demands of Hollywood.
Jeff Otto
ReelzChannel.com
December 22, 2006
Ferrell breaks the mold in this pleasantly surprising, terrific film.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Jim Chastain
Norman Transcript
December 4, 2006
Give Ferrell as many roles like this as he can possibly handle.
Full Review| Original Score: A-
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
December 1, 2006
Never really makes sense of its metafictional conceit, but at least Marc Foster refuses to accept the current Hollywood conventional wisdom that movie comedies should be as visually bland as TV sitcoms.
| Original Score: 3/4
Brian Gibson
Film School Rejects
October 18, 2008
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