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Funny People Reviews

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Henry Fleet
GQ Magazine [UK]
August 16, 2015
At over two hours, it moves at the dignified pace of a Bergman film rather than, well, a Happy Gilmore or a Waterboy, but the director can rest easy, it's another hit.
Will Leitch
June 22, 2013
The unique hatred of yourself, and your audience, required of being a comedian is something that Apatow (and Sandler) understand profoundly: That's what this movie is about.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Ali Gray
September 29, 2012
Why does Funny People often feel like a joke without a punchline?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 5/5
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Laremy Legel
May 6, 2011
Funny People is funny, moving, dramatic, and alternately hilarious. It's a bit like a stand-up dramedy.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Joshua Starnes
March 22, 2011
For all its qualities Funny People never quite comes together. It can't quite decide who it wants to be about, whether it wants to be a comedy or a drama and in trying to be all things at once it never quite hits its full potential.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
February 1, 2011
Apatow draws on his own experience to explore behavioral nuances of people that make us laugh, and it's no secret that being funny is not the same as being happy.
Simon Miraudo
October 27, 2010
Funny People may be deeply flawed, but at least it has an accurate title.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Sean Axmaker
December 6, 2009
... a character drama in the guise of a show-biz comedy.
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
October 13, 2009
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Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jake Wilson
The Age (Australia)
September 11, 2009
The film is also an admiring portrait of the artist as Californian solipsist -- unburdened by personal ties or even the need to seem intelligent, free to follow his own random, petty, moment-by-moment train of thought.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Vicky Roach
Daily Telegraph (Australia)
September 9, 2009
It's a good deal more interesting than your average mainstream comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
September 9, 2009
While you believe a lot of what happens in the first part of the film, credibility lessens in the second.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
September 9, 2009
Despite its flaws, this film has a beguiling candour and reflectiveness which is new for Apatow and Sandler.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Des Partridge
Courier Mail (Australia)
September 9, 2009
Funny People would have been funnier and more meaningful with fewer offensive jokes and more self-control from the undeniably talented Apatow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Erin Free
FILMINK (Australia)
September 8, 2009
Comedy king Judd Apatow delivers another hit with this hilarious personal story that also deals with the big issues in a touching way.
Patrick Kolan
IGN Movies AU
September 8, 2009
While not Judd Apatow's finest hour, Funny People still strikes the same rich vein of well-produced drama-comedy as previous efforts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Edwin Peters
Empire Magazine
September 6, 2009
A boisterous first hour builds good will. Strong performances sustain us through the next uneven 90 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
September 4, 2009
A slice of life from a pie whose ingredients comprise the eccentricities, foibles, egos and motivations of jaded man who has forgotten why he does what he does. There are some great moments but plenty of self indulgence by Apatow as the film drags
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
September 1, 2009
It should probably have been apparent to Apatow, well versed in the structure of comedy on film, that it was far too long.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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