Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy (2004)


Critic Consensus: Filled with inspired silliness and quotable lines, Anchorman isn't the most consistent comedy in the world, but Will Ferrell's buffoonish central performance helps keep this portrait of a clueless newsman from going off the rails.


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Marking the directorial debut of Adam McKay, former head writer for Saturday Night Live and founder of the Upright Citizen's Brigade, Anchorman is set during the 1970s and stars Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy, San Diego's top-rated news anchorman. While Burgundy is outwardly willing to adjust to the idea of females in the workplace -- even outside of secretarial positions -- he certainly doesn't want his own job challenged. Keeping that in mind, it's no wonder that the arrival of Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), an aspiring newswoman, is, in Ron's eyes, not the studio's most welcome addition. After Veronica pays her dues covering so-called female-oriented fluff pieces (think cat fashion shows and cooking segments), the ambitious Veronica sets her eyes on the news desk; more specifically, on Ron's seat behind it. Not unpredictably, Ron doesn't take the threat lightly, and it isn't long before the rival newscasters are engaged in a very personal battle of the sexes. Anchorman was co-written by Ferrell, and features supporting performances from David Koechner, Steve Carrell, Paul Rudd, Tara Subkoff, and Maya Rudolph. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi

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Will Ferrell
as Ron Burgundy
Christina Applegate
as Veronica Corningstone
Paul Rudd
as Brian Fantana
David Koechner
as Champ Kind
Fred Willard
as Ed Harken
Chris Parnell
as Garth Holliday
Steve Carell
as Brick Tamland
Stephen Root
as Vince Masters
Chris Williams (XII)
as Rashad Harris
Seth Rogen
as Eager Cameraman
Danny Trejo
as Bartender
Vince Vaughn
as Wes Mantooth
Scot Robinson
as Waiter at Tino's
Maya Rudolph
as Deedra X
Darcy Donovan
as Hot Blonde
Renee Weldon
as Petite Brunette
Jerry Minor
as Tino's Bassist
Kevin Corrigan
as Paul Hauser
Charles Walker
as Security Guard
Justin Long
as Chris Harken
Jay Johnston
as Eyewitness News Member
Peter Hulne
as Man in Kitchen
Chad Everett
as Jess Moondragon
Adam McKay
as Custodian
Judd Apatow
as News Station Employee
Debra McGuire
as News Station Employee
Kent Shocknek
as Network Reporter
Monique McIntyre
as Yelling Woman
Chuck Poynter
as Announcer
Esmeralda McQuillan
as Middle Class Mother
Angela M. Grillo
as Elderly Woman
Lionel Allen
as Wealthy Family Father
Trina Johnson
as Wealthy Family Mother
Mary Alice G. Goodin
as Wealthy Family Child
Jasmine Nicole Jackson
as Wealthy Family Child
Glen Hambly
as Middle Class Dad
Stuart Gold
as Nursing Room Resident
Bill Kurtis
as Bill Lawson
Luke Wilson
as Frank Vitchard
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Critic Reviews for Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy

All Critics (199) | Top Critics (39)

Takes a joke and runs with it -- sometimes too far, but usually long enough to wear you down and force you to submit to its craziness.

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
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Slaps a goofy smile on your face.

Jul 15, 2004 | Rating: 3/4

It has a pleasing, noodly elasticity about it -- the picture knows what its limits are and proceeds to boogie unself-consciously far outside them.

Jul 10, 2004

Wonderfully silly all the time.

Jul 9, 2004 | Full Review…

You will laugh. Then you will laugh some more. Then you will laugh still again.

Jul 9, 2004 | Full Review…

Like most of these sofa-spud comedies, Anchorman bears its attention-deficit disorder proudly, as it shifts tone and abruptly sidetracks.

Jul 9, 2004 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy


While it doesn't really have a well defined plot and feels more like a series of sketches, this turns out not to be a problem, since most of these isolated moments are pretty funny and the excellent cast (including some welcome cameos) nails it with their mostly improvised lines.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Boring. Can't say I made it through.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

Starts well but falls apart in the middle, extremely patchy from that point on.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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In the last 10 years there hasn't been a comedy that is more quotable and hilarious on repeat viewings than "Anchorman". I saw this is the theater and immediately fell in love. 9 years later I figured I would revisit it before the big sequel to see how much it holds up, and damn it is still hilarious. Will Ferrell is a comedic genius, and this is his best role ever(well, maybe tied with "Old School"). The rest of the cast is amazing, and looking back this kind of started the big push for Paul Rudd and Steve Carrell. After this they had "40 Year Old Virgin" and just kind of blew up from there. I love this movie and still quote it often, from "I love lamp" to "I have many leather bound books". Amazing comedy that ranks as one of the best of all time, and if you don't agree then I will introduce you to Jack Johnson and Tom O Leary.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

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