Dan in Real Life - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Dan in Real Life Reviews

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 16, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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David Fear
Time Out
November 16, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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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
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November 3, 2007
This is his [Carell's] most assured and rounded performance to date.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
October 31, 2007
Now, everybody knows that Steve Carell is lovable.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 29, 2007
It's a nice film. There's some nice touches to it.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 26, 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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
October 26, 2007
A movie nicely packed with pleasantly unpredictable surprises.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
October 26, 2007
Carell plays it fairly straight in a movie that hits high on the scales of comedy and romance, with just a dollop of dramatic reality. It's almost as if he were playing, well, real life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 26, 2007
Dan in Real Life fires on so many circuits that at times it's actually shocking how good it is. It tells a funny and emotional story without any of the sentimental shorthand found in most romantic comedies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 26, 2007
A mediocre and unbelievable romantic comedy.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 26, 2007
One character says she's looking for something 'not necessarily hahaha laugh-out-loud funny, something human funny,' and that's what we get.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
October 26, 2007
Sweet it is. Remotely connected to real life, however, it is not.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 26, 2007
The heart is there, and the message gets you.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
October 26, 2007
[Carell's] uncanny ability to make us care what happens to him salvages Dan in Real Life.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
October 26, 2007
If what you want is a star-driven sophisticated romantic comedy that is successfully aimed at actual adults, the wait can seem like forever. Until now.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
October 26, 2007
In the end, the commercial necessity of wrapping up a family comedy in less than 100 minutes seems to have trumped anything real about Dan's life.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 26, 2007
The previews make Dan in Real Life look like a tepid romantic comedy that makes little use of Steve Carell's gifts. Well, the previews are right.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
October 26, 2007
Hedges is not the most subtle of storytellers, but his sincerity shines through, as does a certain gentleness. Dan in Real Life is one of those films you cheer to succeed, even when it doesn't come close to real life.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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David Germain
Associated Press
October 26, 2007
A surprisingly plain, sappy, even insipid comedy, considering the filmmaker behind it.
Read More | Original Score: C
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
October 26, 2007
Dan in Real Life is an enjoyable if curious creature, a naturalistic ensemble comedy wed to a high-flown sitcom premise. It's infused with a warm optimism that prevails even through the drama's thornier patches.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 26, 2007
Dan in Real Life lacks the nerve of genuine storytelling. It's for moviegoers who would have preferred Little Miss Sunshine if that movie hadn't been so gosh-darn dark.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 26, 2007
Almost reflexively, the filmmakers skirt Dan's messier conflicts. But it is the moments when they don't dance around the awkward issue of a brother falling for his brother's girl that Dan is the most poignant.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 26, 2007
Dan in Real Life is neither wildly farcical nor mockingly cruel, but rather, for the most part, winningly gentle and observant.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 26, 2007
There are some loud moments and big laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
October 25, 2007
There's nothing groundbreaking about Dan in Real Life -- it's a picture that could have been made 10 or 20 years ago -- and yet its easygoing, affable nature is exactly what makes it pleasurable.
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
October 25, 2007
The sort of movie that wears down your resistance until, finally, you feel as if something must be wrong with you if you don't fall for the cheap theatrics of its story and the emotional manipulations of its characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
October 25, 2007
No sooner than you're stirred by something surprising or genuinely sweet, you're shaken by another piece of shtick.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
October 25, 2007
A comedy that's at once overstuffed and surprisingly subtle.
Read More | Original Score: B
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 25, 2007
For all its by-the-numbers plotting, Dan in Real Life is winningly good-natured and funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
October 25, 2007
The setup of this comedy by director-cowriter Peter Hedges and some subsequent twists may be contrived, and the laughs aren't very plentiful, but much of the behavior seems real, and the able cast makes the most of it.
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
October 25, 2007
To call this feel-good comedy conservative is to cede 'family values' to the realm of politics, which, despite a vague NPR-ishness to the characters, is something Real Life refuses to do.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
October 25, 2007
The kind of sentimental, patently false romantic pandering whose idea of resolving a scene is for everyone to engage in some cute form of eccentric group activity.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 25, 2007
A low-key, highly agreeable charmer.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
October 25, 2007
Dan in Real Life navigates its machinations with such laid-back assurance that it earns your attention, your respect and, ultimately, your heart.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 25, 2007
Beneath its aw-shucks, wants-to-be-liked exterior, this is a bankrupt motion picture. It's cloying, artificial, and not the least bit romantic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
October 24, 2007
Dan in Real Life is a comedy of faith that, in its wised-up feel-good way, restores yours.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
October 23, 2007
One could fill this entire space with the titles of films from which writer-director Peter Hedges nicks his story.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
October 22, 2007
While not a perfect comedy, Dan is certainly a crowd-pleasing, cleverly engineered and well-executed divertissement that should put grins on the faces of movie fans of many ages and execs at Disney and Focus Features.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
October 22, 2007
Gracefully understated and thoroughly engaging.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 18, 2007
The plot tickles sitcom, but the film is a winner because Carell and Binoche follow Hedges' lead and keep it real. Sharing their company really is a pleasure.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4