Dan in Real Life - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Dan in Real Life Reviews

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Top Critic
David Fear
Time Out
November 16, 2011
| Original Score: 3/5
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
August 18, 2008
I prefer a little more dysfunction in my dysfunctional family comedies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Carell and Binoche are great fun to watch, doing just what the movie requires (not much, as scripted by Pierce Gardner and director Peter Hedges) and then some.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Adam Tobias
Watertown Daily Times
July 23, 2008
Carell seems to be at his best when he is put in awkward situations and is forced to make a fool out of himself, and there are plenty of those moments in Dan in Real Life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
March 26, 2008
Because it touches on the universal themes of loss and love so honestly, it is a film that feels authentic even in its many contrivances.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
March 7, 2008
I wound up enjoying most of what I saw, despite its familiarity and predictability. The film's got a good heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Brandon Fibbs
Colorado Springs Gazette
February 28, 2008
Dan in Real Life is a film willing to admit that love is messy and that family, no matter how strained, is still the most perfect cauldron within which to ferment all those things that make life worth living...
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
February 8, 2008
It's hilarious and painful as only real situations can be, and Hedges directs his excellent cast, with sensitivity and wry humour.
Simon Thompson
Heart 106.2
January 22, 2008
It's hard for a film like this not to come off as too sweet, but this grown up comedy manages in making it a real gem.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 15, 2008
Writer-director Peter Hedges ('Pieces of April') maintains a perfect balance between the comedy and the romance.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
January 14, 2008
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Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5

The Sun (UK)
January 11, 2008
Drips with sentimentality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 11, 2008
An off-centre rom-com with unlikely stars, this indie drama is neither too funny nor too romantic in its balance of laughs and tenderness. The perfect date movie for middle-aged romantics (and we mean that as a compliment).
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 11, 2008
It's the unlikely chemistry between Binoche and Carell coupled with Carell's impeccable comic timing (watch out for the shower scene) that keeps you glued to the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jamie Russell
Total Film
January 11, 2008
Touching, tender and laugh-out-loud funny, this little rom-com will melt your heart then rebuild it afresh. It's so warm and inviting, you'll want to spend a week in its company. But you only get 99 minutes. Treasure them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
January 11, 2008
Smoothly entertaining fare, but with a bit more nerve it could have been so much more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
January 11, 2008
As the author of 'What's Eating Gilbert Grape?', writer-director Hedges knows how to tell a story about kith and kin without smothering it in goo.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
January 11, 2008
A small but sweetly formed comedy of romantic misfortune that can't quite keep Hollywood at bay.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
January 10, 2008
Enjoyable, emotionally engaging and frequently hilarious comedy drama with a superb script and terrific performances from its ensemble cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 9, 2007
Carell is appealing and the family drama plays out as something real that sort of sneaks up on you in a good way.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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