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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
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Such a featherweight nothing that it engenders only indifference.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: C

November 19, 2006
Brian Orndorf

Fiction is one large false start, unable to claw out of the pit of its own toxic self-awareness.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: D+

November 9, 2006
Beth Accomando

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
Rebecca Murray

...Just another run of the mill, disappointingly mediocre comedy.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C

November 9, 2006
Cole Smithey

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C-

August 29, 2009
Brian Marder

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/5

November 20, 2008
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Stranger Than Fiction seems like an old episode of the Twilight Zone, and the idea would have worked better as one of Rod Serling's half-hour epistles on human foibles.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 10, 2006
Felix Gonzalez Jr.
DVD Review

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

Full Review Source: DVD Review

December 2, 2008
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

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
Matt Pais

Cute title, but a snappy opening dissolves into a relatively simplistic tale of a wet noodle learning to stand up for himself.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 9, 2006
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly

A striking implosion of incongruent themes.

| Original Score: 2/4

November 6, 2006
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

...the film also closes on a less than inspired note, but the filmmakers fail to take advantage of the literary irony.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: C+

November 9, 2006
Erik Childress

The link between comedy and tragedy is closer than Ferrell believes but the line isn't as clever as it should be and not nearly as profound as it believes it is.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 2/4

November 9, 2006
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's the kind of middlebrow film that pretends it's arty and thinks it's so smart.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C-

November 14, 2006
Alan Dale

[J]ust the kind of numbskull movie that critics call 'smart'.

Full Review Source:

December 31, 2006
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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The movie is clever, but a little too pleased with its own clockwork intricacy.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

November 6, 2006
Gene Seymour
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Sometimes I think movies like Stranger Than Fiction don't experiment with narrative and character as much as cop out on them.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 9, 2006
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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It's not the original story we signed up for -- or thought we did.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

November 9, 2006
Brian Gibson
Film School Rejects
October 18, 2008
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