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Funny Girl Reviews

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Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media
February 15, 2012
Dazzling musical romance is long but entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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.
Richard Luck
August 12, 2008
A fine movie musical and a nice reminder of the time when Streisand was a talent rather than a 'phenomenon'.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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TIME Magazine
August 12, 2008
This extended Streisand Special has done absolutely nothing to correct the flaws in the Broadway original.

TV Guide
August 12, 2008
Few film debuts in the 1960s were more auspicious than that of Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Variety Staff
August 12, 2008
Barbra Streisand in her Hollywood debut makes a marked impact.
Emanuel Levy
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
January 28, 2008
[Streisand gives] a natural, unforced performance, easily one of the three or four best Best Actresses in Oscar history.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Steve Crum
June 1, 2007
One of the all-time great film musicals with dazzling Streisand.
| Original Score: 5/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
Well worth watching, even if most later Streisand movies aren't.
Michael Dequina
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
It is impossible to praise Miss Streisand too highly; hard to find much to praise about the rest of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
April 3, 2003
Hello, gorgeous!
| Original Score: 4/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
Now more than ever, the time may be right for 'People Who Need People,' one of the many fine tunes that punctuate Funny Girl.
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
It looks absolutely gorgeous -- a dye-transfer process has given more life to the already striking colors.
Jamie Russell
February 17, 2002
In any other hands this might seem like paper-thin stuff, but Streisand's a consummate professional with the Midas touch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
February 16, 2002
Songs like "Don't Rain on My Parade" live triumphantly on.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
October 29, 2001
...the quintessential star vehicle for its leading lady, the 1968 movie that made Ms. Streisand famous.
| Original Score: 8/10
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