Funny Girl Reviews

Sep 22, 2022
Though the premise isn’t particularly original or memorable, Streisand’s turn is incredibly fitting.
Mar 2, 2022
[Barbra Streisand] is the best of all possible reasons to see the movie version of the musical. In short, she is sublime -- which saves the film as a whole from suffocating under its own glossy, ill-conceived hugeness.
Jul 16, 2018
In Barbra Streisand Funny Girl thumps down an ace.
Jan 23, 2018
It's hard to think of Funny Girl, in fact, apart from Barbra Streisand. She is the life force. Director William Wyler simply drapes the opulent show around her.
Jan 9, 2018
When she is singing--in a marvelous scene on roller skates--when she throws a line away, or shrugs, or looks funny or sad, she has a power, gentleness and intensity that rather knocks all the props and sets and camera angles on their ear.
Jan 9, 2018
William Wyler's adaption of the stage musical is transformative for many millennials. Whether wearing a hijab, sporting a yarmulke, or bareheaded, my students embrace Streisand's Brice and the star/character's professional chutzpah & insecurities.
Feb 3, 2017
In lesser hands this would fall flat because nothing is written to comfort the supporting players. They are extras with names and blurred faces.
Feb 15, 2012
Dazzling musical romance is long but entertaining.
Nov 19, 2008
Legendary diva Streisand won an Oscar for her performance as legendary Ziegfeld girl Fanny Brice... who else but Babs could have portrayed her so well?... Great film it isn't, but it sure is a helluva lot of fun.
Aug 12, 2008
Streisand is stunning, but the film is a trial, particularly when the music disappears somewhere around the 90-minute mark and all that's left is leaden melodrama.
Aug 12, 2008
A fine movie musical and a nice reminder of the time when Streisand was a talent rather than a 'phenomenon'.
Aug 12, 2008
Barbra Streisand in her Hollywood debut makes a marked impact.
Feb 7, 2008
I wish William Wyler's direction was more inventive and humurous (it's his first musical), but Streisand gives a meteoric performance, as Fanny Frice and as herself, showing a tremendous charismatic presence that goes beyond physical looks and acting.
Jan 28, 2008
[Streisand gives] a natural, unforced performance, easily one of the three or four best Best Actresses in Oscar history.
Jun 1, 2007
One of the all-time great film musicals with dazzling Streisand.
Dec 30, 2006
You will have made your mind up about Babs one way or the other, but for the rare uninitiated, this is a fine introduction to her talents.
Sep 17, 2005
Given how she grew into perhaps the most annoyingly egocentric entertainer in all the world, it's difficult to imagine that Barbra Streisand was once an ingenue.
Feb 10, 2005
Oct 23, 2004
It is impossible to praise Miss Streisand too highly; hard to find much to praise about the rest of the film.
Jul 31, 2004
Barbra Streisand gives one of the musical genre's most sublime performances--unfortunately in a stodgy, badly paced, overly produced movie that don't deserve her.
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