Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy Reviews

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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
July 8, 2004
It's a long string of heavy-footed sight and sound gags that must have seemed a stitch at the drawing board, but made me squirm in my seat.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
July 11, 2004
It sinks like an anchor, man.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
July 9, 2004
Half inspired and half a moronic exercise in brain stagnation.
| Original Score: C+
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
July 9, 2004
Occasionally, it entertains us for three minutes or so, but it lurches from one skitlike scene to another, charting out like this: funny, not funny, not funny, funny, not, not, not, funny, not, funny, not, not.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
March 14, 2005
Fans of the Todd Phillips school of comedy are going to be divided on this one -- there's real potential here and a great premise but had it been a little cleverer it could've been so much more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Kam Williams
Princeton Town Topics
May 23, 2007
Ostensibly modeled on the egomaniacal Ted Baxter of the old Mary Tyler Moore TV series, this adventure's protagonist is less comical, less endearing, and generally grates on the nerves.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Victoria Alexander
Movie Reviews in Croatian
July 9, 2004
It's not a comedy.
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 6, 2010
Relentlessly silly but not quite funny parody of 70s network news never quite lives up to its promise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
September 23, 2004
If we want to judge Anchorman by its own standards, we can observe that nothing in the movie lives up to, say, Toonces the driving cat.
Joe Utichi
FilmFocus
September 19, 2004
Avoid Anchorman like the plague, you'll thank me later.
Full Review | Original Score: 21/100
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 7, 2004
Most of the comic sequences and satirical barbs in this comedy seem to have been recycled from the long ago past.
| Original Score: 1/5
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
July 8, 2004
Good dumb fun can be lowbrow without being lazy, but bite-sized episodes of creative lunacy are not enough to qualify Anchorman as the kind of dumb worth paying to see.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
July 8, 2004
essentially ninety minutes of name-calling and surprise cameos masquerading as comedy
Full Review | Original Score: C
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
July 8, 2004
[N]inety endless minutes of some of the most stunningly incompetent filmmaking I've ever seen...
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
July 8, 2004
Burgundy is dim, vain and unrepentantly horny, but there is something so limited about him that he seems more pitiable than funny.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
July 8, 2004
For every gag that works, there's one that doesn't, and the story is too thin to keep us engaged otherwise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
July 8, 2004
Keeps re-establishing Ron's egomania with diminishing returns of cleverness. The film goes nowhere.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
July 8, 2004
Little more than an extended Saturday Night Live skit with better wigs, real locations and a script that sputters as soon as its one-joke premise is exhausted.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 9, 2004
A comic idea that never finds the comic wellspring or anything resembling a sure source for laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
July 9, 2004
Like most of these sofa-spud comedies, Anchorman bears its attention-deficit disorder proudly, as it shifts tone and abruptly sidetracks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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