Anchorman - The Legend Of Ron Burgundy Reviews

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Anna Smith
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 15, 2004
Slaps a goofy smile on your face.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
July 10, 2004
It has a pleasing, noodly elasticity about it -- the picture knows what its limits are and proceeds to boogie unself-consciously far outside them.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 9, 2004
Wonderfully silly all the time.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
July 9, 2004
You will laugh. Then you will laugh some more. Then you will laugh still again.
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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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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 9, 2004
While the film is sporadically funny, it was done much better on the small screen, decades ago.
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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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
July 9, 2004
Most of it isn't even as funny as those supposedly humorous features that local news broadcasts sometimes end with.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
July 9, 2004
The celluloid equivalent of a throwaway summer pop anthem, the sort of catchy-yet-agitating tune that has you humming in spite of yourself.
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
July 9, 2004
Ferrell is funny spouting his weird stream-of-consciousness rants, but too often the plot leaves him hanging and he resorts to just Yelling Really Loud.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
July 9, 2004
As much credit as Ferrell deserves for keeping this nonsense from slipping off the screen, Applegate deserves as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
July 9, 2004
What takes the whole thing pleasurably over the top, turning a goof into a total gas, is the film's pitch-perfect absurdist comedy and warmth.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
July 9, 2004
Overly broad humor with little on its mind.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 9, 2004
Ferrell has an absolutely magical way of making complete morons lovable.
| Original Score: B+
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
July 9, 2004
No need to make room for Anchorman in any cultural time capsule, but there are enough laughs to keep the movie from being canceled.
| Original Score: B-
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
July 9, 2004
Always affectionate toward its people, especially when they are at their most ridiculous, Anchorman meticulously builds America's dimmest news team. And we root for them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 9, 2004
A lot of the time it's very funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 9, 2004
Sloppy, crude, pursuing the most far-flung tangents in hopes of a laugh, Anchorman still gave me more stupid giggles than I'd care to admit if I weren't paid to.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
July 9, 2004
Knights of Columbus! Wouldn't it be great if TV-based comedians weren't afraid of making movies that were funnier than they are?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 8, 2004
It is not as maniacally uninhibited as Old School or as dementedly lovable as Elf, but its cheerful dumbness is hard to resist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
July 8, 2004
It's a flat, dull picture marked by sporadic flashes of ridiculous brilliance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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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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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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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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 8, 2004
That he can make his anchorman chauvinistic, deluded and ridiculous but still manage to give him some humanity is testimony to Ferrell's comic talents.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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July 8, 2004
You're not laughing at anchormen. You're laughing at formula movie rituals blown sky-high.
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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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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 8, 2004
An engagingly knuckleheaded comic vehicle for former Saturday Night Live trouper Will Ferrell.
| Original Score: 3/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
July 8, 2004
Ron may be an idiot, but Anchorman is no dope.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 8, 2004
Funny in a roly-poly, shapeless way. Sort of like Ferrell's gut.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 8, 2004
It's a cute, silly, likable movie without much weight or intensity, but it's also pretty funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 8, 2004
It solidifies Ferrell's place alongside Jim Carrey, Jack Black and, when called on, Johnny Depp, as our best comic actors.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 7, 2004
For a comedy set during the formative era of happy-talk news, Anchorman doesn't do enough to tweak the on-camera phoniness of dum-dum local journalism.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Ed Park
Village Voice
July 6, 2004
As parody, it's toothless and often smug, but as random Ferrellspeak generator, it has its delights.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 6, 2004
Farrell carries the movie on his broad shoulders, nailing the character perfectly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Brian Lowry
Variety
June 30, 2004
Ferrell has seized on a clever concept rife with possibilities -- namely, women breaking the glass ceiling in male-dominated TV news during the '70s -- and smartly surrounded himself with a topnotch cast.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
June 30, 2004
Proving that even infantile humor can be funny, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy does make you laugh even if you hate yourself for doing so.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 28, 2004
... the laugh ratio is about 50 percent, but that's still pretty good.