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Funny People Reviews

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Jason Zingale
July 31, 2009
Funny People stands as one of the biggest disappointments of the summer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 29, 2009
Funny People isn't a bad movie, it's an indifferent one. No funny person wants to hear that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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James Berardinelli
July 30, 2009
It's refreshing to see Apatow branching out and trying something off the beaten path but, in this case, his sense of ambition may have caused him to lose his way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 31, 2009
The film comes dangerously close to stalling, however, once George and Ira visit George's ex, stuck in an untrustworthy marriage. By the time Ira implores 'Can we just go?' you feel the same way.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
July 30, 2009
The denizens of Judd Apatow's Funny People have been pulled every which way to fit a misshapen concept, yet they remain painfully unfunny, and consistently off-putting.
Giles Hardie
Sydney Morning Herald
September 10, 2009
Funny People has some very funny moments but don't expect a joke fest. And don't expect a tight film either. At two and a half hours, it is not one but two films... and at least one of them shouldn't have been made.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Michael Szymanski
International Press Academy
August 18, 2009
Even on "The View" the day before the film opens, the ladies wondered whether men really talk about their own junk (and their friend's package) as much as they do in the movie, and whether women actually find that funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
August 8, 2009
It's no pleasure to report that 'Funny People' self-destructs on the screen. In the end, Apatow might have been wise to heed his own words: Comedy is for funny people, not the mean-spirited, self-obsessed dopes we're left with here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Fernando F. Croce
August 25, 2009
'Please feel sorry for me' buttons don't make great comedy
Jolene Mendez
Entertainment Spectrum
August 3, 2009
"Funny People" contained all the right players, but the humor of the film was lost. During the first half it was a solid comedy, but the second half turned it into a double-feature.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
July 30, 2009
There is not a single character in the entire movie worth caring about. The most genuine laughs come when the cast plays the peanut butter game. A person lies on the kitchen floor, spreads peanut butter on his or her face and has a dog lick it off.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
July 31, 2009
Has a few laughs and a terrific ensemble cast, but suffers from an uninspired, unfocused screenplay, boring characters and too many contrived moments, it often drags and utlimately falls flat as a drama, comedy and romance
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Robbie Collin
News of the World
August 29, 2009
We've got the first two-thirds of a five-star comedy, followed by what feels like seventeen-thirds of a duff romcom.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Grant Lauchlan
Daily Record (UK)
August 29, 2009
For a film written and directed by Hollywood's current gross-out comedy king, Judd Apatow, and involving the talents of Sandler, Rogen and Mann, it's lazy and leaden.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
July 31, 2009
Sandler and Rogen and the rest are left to wander aimlessly, with tedious comedy gigs, an even more tedious faux sitcom and relatively vapid relationships masquerading as a plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Karina Longworth
July 28, 2009
Apatow has taken blisteringly personal material and filtered it through tropes and cliches borrowed from trite, mainstream factory-line cinema of another era. Judd Apatow the writer deserves a better director.
Katey Rich
July 28, 2009
It's impossible to relate to George Simmons' crisis of being too rich and too famous for his own good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
August 17, 2009
In its home stretch, Funny People's action drags so unnecessarily that it ... drains any impact from its refreshingly pragmatic view of second chances.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
September 4, 2009
A surfeit of the kind of crude, sexually graphic jokes that work in a darkly lit stand up comedy stores and Adam Sandler's unremittingly morose George drag the film down
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
September 11, 2009
It's interesting stuff, I feel myself wanting to like it more than I did. Judd Apatow has a lot to say, he just hasn't mastered the tools to say it well.
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