Dan in Real Life (2007) - Rotten Tomatoes

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Dan in Real Life (2007)



Critic Consensus: The fine performances elevate Dan in Real Life beyond its sentimental plot.

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A widower and father of three who also writes a parenting advice column for his local newspaper falls for the girlfriend of his younger brother during a family vacation in director Peter Hedges' offbeat love-triangle laugher. Steve Carell stars as the writer who finds his widely known convictions put to the ultimate test, with Dane Cook and Juliette Binoche respectively assuming the roles of the younger sibling and his radiant girlfriend.

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Critic Reviews for Dan in Real Life

All Critics (170) | Top Critics (41)

Smoothly entertaining fare, but with a bit more nerve it could have been so much more.

January 11, 2008 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…

This is his [Carell's] most assured and rounded performance to date.

November 3, 2007 | Full Review…

Now, everybody knows that Steve Carell is lovable.

October 31, 2007 | Full Review…

It's a nice film. There's some nice touches to it.

October 29, 2007

Why must so many family-friendly romantic comedies give us such wan, forgettable dialogue and predictable situations? Dan is derivative at best, and feels like filmmaking by focus group at worst.

October 26, 2007 | Rating: 2/4

A movie nicely packed with pleasantly unpredictable surprises.

October 26, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dan in Real Life


It is not only an endurance test to stay in the company of such a detestable character and his detestable family, but the movie is also a sentimental pile of clichés from the first scene to the last - including that unnecessary, ridiculously corny last scene during the end credits.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Daniel J DeMersseman
Daniel J DeMersseman

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"Dan in Real Life" is enjoyable - stories about falling love usually are. Not every movie needs to have the complications of "Hamlet".

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Red Lats

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