Funny Girl Reviews

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July 16, 2018
In Barbra Streisand Funny Girl thumps down an ace.
January 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.
January 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.
January 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.
February 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.
February 15, 2012
Dazzling musical romance is long but entertaining.
August 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.
August 12, 2008
A fine movie musical and a nice reminder of the time when Streisand was a talent rather than a 'phenomenon'.
Top Critic
August 12, 2008
This extended Streisand Special has done absolutely nothing to correct the flaws in the Broadway original.
August 12, 2008
Few film debuts in the 1960s were more auspicious than that of Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl.
August 12, 2008
Barbra Streisand in her Hollywood debut makes a marked impact.
February 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.
January 28, 2008
[Streisand gives] a natural, unforced performance, easily one of the three or four best Best Actresses in Oscar history.
June 1, 2007
One of the all-time great film musicals with dazzling Streisand.
December 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.
Top Critic
January 26, 2006
Well worth watching, even if most later Streisand movies aren't.
September 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.
February 10, 2005
October 23, 2004
It is impossible to praise Miss Streisand too highly; hard to find much to praise about the rest of the film.
July 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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