Dan in Real Life Reviews

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November 16, 2011
October 9, 2009
A charming, though occasionally off-target -- and consistently tempo-challenged -- romantic comedy.
August 27, 2009
The most cloying family meeting since A Very Brady Christmas
May 10, 2009
Una comedia romántica muy menor, predecible e intrascendente que desaprovecha por completo el talento de un buen elenco. Una lástima.
April 23, 2009
What's wrong with Steve Carrell? His is one of the quickest falls from comedy to crap since Chevy Chase.
March 17, 2009
A creature made of gingerbread and hugs.
May 1, 2008
Alas, [Hedges'] forays behind the camera with Pieces of April and now Dan in Real Life indicate he's got Sundance intentions but a Hallmark Channel soul.
March 26, 2008
Writer/ director Peter Hedges likes to touch on deeper emotional truths, but he doesn't have the courage to really probe his characters' struggles in a meaningful way.
March 19, 2008
...ultimately succumbs to an egregious emphasis on inauthentic elements...
March 11, 2008
didn't really get it
March 4, 2008
Okay for forgiving romance fans, and a maybe-see for the rest of us.
March 4, 2008
It attempts to take a Three's A Company situation and mix it together with a widower trying to raise three children. This is not cool.
January 11, 2008
It's amiable enough, but the ickiness levels are too high and Juliette Binoche always looks uncomfortable in this shallow-end material.
January 11, 2008
About as riotous as gassing yourself during a wet weekend in Worksop.
December 12, 2007
There is no mistaking Hedges' film for anything other than a saccharine corn-fest, but what keeps it from palling entirely is the strength of the ensemble performances, and the smartly understated writing.
November 21, 2007
In the movie world, these characters might have been interesting, but in real life, they were too one-dimensional to make you want them to find true love.
November 14, 2007
The plot depends on Marie playing an excruciating, thankless role. It's not original, but it certainly is depressing.
November 7, 2007
Like the movie itself, Carell's performance doesn't really give you a reason to leave home, but if you find yourself watching it, you will be pleasantly surprised. To a degree.
November 6, 2007
Aside from Dan himself, nothing about the movie feels real.
November 5, 2007
Confuses charm with childishness and romance with the sort of endless yearning in a badly written teen diary. Then there's the misogyny . . . and after the film's family values syrup is tapped out, its WASPy judgmentalism remains.
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